Bark at the Park

Stratford Library Board to Host Welcome Table

Summer Preview at Jared’s Dog Park

The Stratford Library Board of Trustees will host a special welcome table at Jared’s Dog Park in Stratford on Saturday, May 15 at 2 pm. The Board will highlight the Library’s upcoming summer season activities.

Through August a variety of all-ages programs are planned and include concerts, Grab-and-Go craft projects, timely talks, author events and storyhours. Many programs will continue virtually on the Library’s Zoom platform but several special events will also be held outside in the Library’s scenic courtyard area. The summer brochure, detailing all the events, will be available to take at the welcome table.

Jared’s Dog Park is located at 700 Peters Lane in Stratford. The Library will welcome visitors beginning at 2 pm on May 15. For further information, call 203.385.4162.

Make Your Voice Heard

Public Invited to Comment on Stratford Army Engine Plant Stewardship Agreement

Virtual Hearing on May 12th

Permit requires financial assurances and public participation in final remedy decisions

There will be a virtual public informational hearing hosted by the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to review a draft Stewardship Permit Renewal for the Stratford Army Engine Plant Property, held on May 12, 2021, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The Stewardship Permit’s purpose is to require the completion of investigation, remediation, and long-term stewardship requirements including monitoring of environmental conditions, engineered controls, and institutional controls, as applicable.

The permit requires financial assurances and public participation in final remedy decisions. The Stewardship Permit ensures that the statewide environmental remedy remains effective into the future.

The Stratford Army Engine Plant (SAEP) was a U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command installation and manufacturing facility located in Stratford. In 1995 the Base Realignment and Closure of the United States Department of Defense, recommended closure of the plant. On 30 September 1998, Allied Signal concluded operations in the plant and returned it to the US Army.

For the next 11 years the Army was involved with “Team Stratford” to develop the property. There has been support in the development by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, who opened up pathways for development, as well as Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.

In March 2008 the United States Army auctioned the 78-acre site off with a winning bid of $9,612,000 which also included the 1,720,000-square-foot facility of over 50 buildings. This bid failed to be paid off and was placed for rebid. Robert Hartmann of
Hartmann Development has a $1 billion plan to develop the former plant into a destination resort, dependent on the US government selling him the entire property for one dollar.

Several Stratford administrations have been working to redevelop Stratford Army Engine Plant property (historically with announcement of development timed for municipal elections) and the issuance of a Stewardship Permit Renewal begins the process of cleanup of contamination.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) leads oversight of the site’s environmental remediation

In 2014 the Connecticut State House of Representatives and the State Senate had passed a bill to create a special tax district at the plant to levy taxes and issue bonds which was viewed as helping to finance the redevelopment project, particularly road construction, sewage systems, and environmental remediation.

Feed America!

Holy Name of Jesus Food Bank

Drive-Thru Food Pantry

Holy Name of Jesus Church
1950 Barnum Avenue, Stratford CT

Today, Tuesday, May 11th, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

To encourage social distancing and help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Stratford Health Department, CT Food Bank, and Holy Name of Jesus Church have partnered to offer a drive-thru food pantry. We ask for all those attending the drive-thru pantry to adhere to the following directions:

 Stay in your car at all times
 Pop your trunk (if possible)
 A pre-selected bag of food will be placed in your car
 One bag per car, identification

Gresko Statement on Long Island Sound Blue Plan

Gresko released the following statement following House approval of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan (H.J. 53)

Introduced by: Environment Committee

Co-sponsors of HJ-53: Rep. Joseph P. Gresko, 121st Dist.

“The Long Island Sound Blue Plan is a plan which will provide conservation groups, developers, municipalities, and scientists with a comprehensive map of the all-important Long Island Sound in order to help protect it and its ecosystem for generations to come. Adoption of this plan has been a long time coming after delays in previous sessions, so I’m proud that the resolution adopting this plan was approved in the House last week. I look forward to it soon receiving a vote in the State Senate.”

The purpose of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan is to identify and protect places of traditional use and ecological significance, and to minimize conflicts, now and in the future. This includes preserving a collective vision of Long Island Sound, and facilitating a transparent, science-based decision-making process.”

The plan will facilitate a transparent, science-based decision-making process for the preservation of Long Island Sound’s ecosystems and resources and the protection of traditional uses, while maximizing their compatibility and minimizing conflicts between them now and in the future

The Long Island Sound Blue Plan process included:

(1) gathering data to develop an inventory of ecological resources and human uses and producing corresponding maps that were reviewed by experts and stakeholders for relevance and accuracy and

(2) development of Blue Plan policy to be implemented though existing State permit processes that will minimize conflict with natural resources and traditional uses. (Using maps to develop a participatory process to map current and potential new uses). Long Island Sound Blue Plan provides an inventory of the natural resources and uses of Connecticut’s Long Island Sound and establishes a spatial plan to guide future use of the Sound’s waters and submerged lands.