Contact: Kerensa Konesni
February 18, 2016
Today, Sen. Tim Larson (D-East Hartford), Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford), and other leaders of the Public Safety & Security Committee called for the State of Connecticut to choose alternative sites for the new State Police Firearms Training Facility.
On February 2, 2016, Commissioner Dora Schriro of the Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection (DESPP) and Commissioner Melody Currey of the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) attended a bipartisan public hearing of the Committee on the proposed sites in Willington and East Windsor for the new firing range. Sen. Larson and Sen. Guglielmo called for the hearing to determine how and why DAS chose the two sites in Willington and one site in East Windsor as the only options for the new facility.
“It is all too clear that East Windsor and Willington are not suitable sites for a firing range,” said Senator Larson. “Both the public, myself and the Public Safety & Security Committee want to see this firing range go somewhere else. We need to focus on alternatives that are less expensive and don’t call for the taxpayers to build a new elaborate facility. Let’s look at options that make sense for the community and Connecticut’s bottom line.”
The informational hearing attracted hundreds of community members opposed to using the sites in Willington and East Windsor.
“Our committee is planning to continue to show Connecticut officials that there are less expensive alternatives than this proposed $11 million facility,” said Senator Guglielmo.
In addition, the Committee called for the State to explore existing facilities that could be utilized at a lower cost
Full text of letter below:
February 11, 2016
Commissioner Dora Schriro
Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, CT 06457
Commissioner Melody Currey
Department of Administrative Services
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Dear Commissioner Dora Schriro and Commisssioner Melody Currey,
Thank you for attending the informational forum hosted by the leadership of the Public Safety & Security Committee on February 2, 2016. You were able to provide detailed and specific information which was an important part of the discussion.
Upon gauging the community attendance at the informational hearing and the hundreds of citizens that have signed petitions, we believe that it is painfully obvious that neither community is an appropriate location for the proposed State Police firing range. First Selectmen of both towns are willing to pursue legal action, should that step become necessary.
The Committee is aware of other State project sites that have been dropped based upon an outpouring of public support. Understanding that the State has limited resources, we think that you may want to pivot the environmental assessment to communities that are interested.
Several members of the committee wanted to explore in greater detail existing facilities and the options available at them. We would like to set up a meeting to tour these available options with you both.
Senator Timothy Larson
Representative Stephen Dargan
Senator Anthony Guglielmo
Representative Lezlye Zupkus
Chair: Insurance & Real Estate; Public Safety & Security
Vice Chair: Commerce; General Law
Legislative Office Building
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
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