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Canton Referendum: Voters Approve Track, Roofs Projects

Projects on ballot Tuesday.

The roofs and track projects passed referendum on Election Day. 

Voters were asked whether the town should approve bonding for a  $3.615 Million track, multi-use field and parking lot improvement project at the high school and $3.2 Million for partial roof replacements at the Community Center and all three schools ($2.3 Million after federal reimbursement). 

The track project passed by a vote of 3,034 to 2,112.

"We're excited for the opportunity it presents for the community and the students," said Board of Education Chairwoman Beth Kandrysawtz. 

The roofs project passed 3,992 to 1,149. 

The town's web site contains many documents related to the projects. 

Andrew Charron November 07, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Thanks to all who supported the vote on the track, field and pavement project. It is a great day for Canton to celebrate moving forward with a town that can compete with our neigbors and retain our property values. I know a lot of us will make sure the project is done and as we promised a facility that the whole town will be proud of. Also glad the kids will not have their roofs fall in. Thank you Canton residents for improving our community On Track for Canton
Andrew Ziemba November 07, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Har har har, it looks like the two wolves won again. Thankfully I put all my money against the lone sheep this time.
Andrew Charron November 07, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Andrew since you are paying for it (I think as not sure if you pay property taxes) please feel free to use the track. Of course you are going to say it is not free but I am proud of our town for looking at spending that actually makes sense to our property values.
Ryan November 07, 2012 at 03:12 AM
There is no conceivable way that the track will help property values in anyway. If anything, it will hurt values because the millions of dollars being spent that are going to raise the taxes in this town. If they wanted to increase property values, they would vote to fix the things in this town that actually need fixing. It is a sad day in this town. I really thought that there were smarter people here. I guess I was wrong.
Betty November 07, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I am relieved to hear that the roofs were approved. I hope we approve the roads, town garage, and are able to address other much needed repairs like the pool.
Jennifer (Barri) Almeida November 07, 2012 at 12:17 PM
PAC on Track has worked hard to educate people to make the right choice for their family. This is a grass roots organization that made a choice that this Track Project was worth fighting for. It turns out that 3,000 other residents of Canton happened to agree too. Thank you to everyone who came out to support this project! For those of you who are against it.....lets agree to disagree on this one. Thank you to Jon Fits for keeping this project on the front burner!
Greg November 07, 2012 at 01:04 PM
More than anything this is a win for the children of Canton! The best investment any town can make is to provide healthy outlets for children. Congratulations to all the kids who work so hard to prepare for track and field events, they will now be able to host events on their home turf! Thank you to those who worked so hard to make the dream a reality. A big win for Canton!
Chris Carroll November 07, 2012 at 01:51 PM
We don't need a track in Canton, what is wrong with you people? Out taxes will continue to rise while we pay for things we can't afford. Typical. Explains why Democrats always take Connecticut. When will you wake up?
Andrew Ziemba November 07, 2012 at 01:59 PM
What's the matter? You don't like pampering other people's children?
Andrew Ziemba November 07, 2012 at 02:03 PM
A win for the children of canton would be to provide them with real food in their cafeteria, instead of the toxic, genetically modified, plastic laced, mechanically separated garbage that they are fed. If I were to select priorities for the school (obviously what this track was all about) then the cafeteria food would be MUCH HIGHER priority than this track. But alas, I am radical.
Wyatt November 07, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Great news for Canton!!! Glad to see that both projects based by decisive margins!
Andrew Ziemba November 07, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Awwww thanks for extending your generosity to me, but I have grown to love the Avon track, which Avon, not I, or Canton pays for.
Andrew Charron November 07, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Chris fair enough point but I can tell you the majority of us that led the charge were actually republicans. I agree with you a hundred percent that state and federal spending are out of control and it is sad that towns like Canton have to debate this issue because so much of our taxes are spent on state and federal regulations versus letting local people decide where they put their money. That is a fact we live with but does not mean as a town you should not let the people decide where they actually want to provide infratstructure and every vote matters. We do need roads and a new garage (at a reasonable price) and we are going to have to make sure our local leaders get the most bang for our buck. We pushed for the track to be a a separate item and not bundled so everyone would have a say on its own. I urge our selectman to do the same for any major expenditure.
Ed November 07, 2012 at 07:33 PM
For those of you who feel the track is unnecessary: - Have you ever driven down East Hill Road after the high school as let out and watched the high school track and field team make their way to Mills Pond? - Driven by as the sprinters ran their drills on the sidewalks along East Hill Rd.? - Been to a Canton Youth Soccer game down on Memorial Field and watched your kids play on a field that is largely comprised of bare dirt? My guess would be no.
Bruce Fuller November 08, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Yes I have and when I do I realize how all the bells and whistles have little to do with the enjoyment and the level of performance one is capable of reaching. Is this really for the child kids or the adult kids or the Joneses? I would certainly want my child driving safely on properly designed and maintained roads than running on a beautiful track and then driving home on our current road conditions. Priorities are not always placed properly.
Chris Carroll November 08, 2012 at 12:29 PM
At a time when people are struggling with the ravages of the poor economy, spending money on something as unnecessary as a track when Canton has so many infrastructure problems that have been ignored for so long, is a slap in the face to the citizens of Canton.
Chris Carroll November 08, 2012 at 12:34 PM
By the way, I never even heard about this until the day I voted. Guess they wanted to make sure only those for the project would be heard!
Ann B November 08, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Chris - If you are a regular reader of the Patch then you would have seen that the Track Proposal has been discussed in over 17 different articles in the past year alone. There have been town meetings about the different referendum questions that are posted on the Town of Canton website. There have been articles in the newspapers. Other than someone knocking on your door to personally tell you, I don't know how you couldn't have heard about it.
Peter November 10, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I'm so glad that Canton is going to have a track. NOT! My question is this: how are all of you track users who voted for this expensive luxury going to get to the track? Not only are your taxes going to increase (which will cause less spending by those who cannot afford more taxes) in local retail retail stores, but you can expect your auto repair costs to increase driving on our crappy roads. And taxes will further increase as we continue to replace our highway department equipment because there is no room at the current garage to house them. The end result is going to be taxes and more taxes and more taxes. The roads and garage and roofs should have been the major issues. Well, we taxpayers got one out of three right, and a new track that will be a money pit for years to come, and most likely will never be used by the majority of people in this town. A really sad choice, voters.
Andrew Ziemba November 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Well the majority of those who voted for the track have children in the school system. This is what democracy is all about. They could propose just about anything and it would pass. That's why democracy is such a horrible system.

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