Colucci Supports Polizzi's Stance on Hekemian Project
Councilman Dominic Colucci responds in favor of Superintendent Michael Polizzi's letter to the Zoning Board of Adjustment
I believe that action needs to be taken on the development of that property. Although, for now, the council members are not “players” in the decision making of what goes there, we are reaching to the center where compromise is key.
We are in agreement with his concept of eliminating the housing component and we approve some commercial development on the United Water Property. For two years I, along with Councilman Robalino have thought this to be the best possible plan for New Milford thus being the best plan for our schools.
A multi-purpose field is of the upmost necessity in our town. No argument has been made on that topic and the United Water property would be the ideal place for it. Whether it is for the School District or for the Borough as a whole, New Milford lacks a decent field.
The Mayor also sees the urgency for a multi-purpose field; she has been in alliance to our school needs, our recreation needs as well as the needs of New Milford Junior Football. With the FOD referendum opposed we are back to our original plight.
What we need now is to have one council member of the opposing party welcome the idea and vote to rezone that property to make the Field of Dreams a reality. We owe it to our kids.
Re-zoning is the viable way to eliminate the residential units and have the commercial revenue our town so desperately needs plus the much needed field that was promised to us two years ago, should the offer still linger from the developer. This is the best remedy at the lowest possible cost to New Milford residents. Re-zoning will also give us total control as far as lighting, entry and exit patterns, buffers, size of the commercial element to be constructed, etc. Therefore creating a safe and well thought out development by the participating members of our towns boards.
I welcome this concept from Mr. Polizzi and the Board of Education as it more closely reflects mine and Councilman Robalino’s stance and our push for our Field of Dreams.