Charlestown Citizens Alliance - March 6, 2017

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Chariho Budget Hearing

Chariho Budget Hearing

What: The public hearing on the Chariho Regional School District’s 2017-2018 budget
When: Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 pm
Where: Chariho Middle School Auditorium
Why: A minimum of 25 voters from each town are needed to create a quorum

Each Chariho town must have 25 voters present to reach a quorum to vote on the budget. If a quorum is not achieved, the meeting will be postponed. Please try to attend this hearing.

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National Trust for Historic Preservation Response to NEC Future

National Trust for Historic Preservation Response to NEC Future

The portion of the project along the coast of Connecticut and Rhode Island would be devastating to historic communities ... In addition, we wish to emphasize that, in our view, the proposed project fails to comply with Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act.

In sum, we urge the Federal Railroad Administration to remove from its Tier 1 Record of Decision the portions of the project in Connecticut and Rhode Island that involve bypasses on new alignment and other draconian impacts on historic resources. Instead, the agency should conduct more detailed reviews to develop feasible and prudent alternatives that would avoid and minimize harm to these resources.

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US Fish and Wildlife Service Response to NEC Future

US Fish and Wildlife Service Response to NEC Future

The "Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass" portion of the proposal lies within or runs immediately adjacent to the focus area for the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge, where land acquisition authority has been granted to conserve important fish and wildlife resources.

The proposal could have substantial effects on managing these species over time, including impacts to habitat connectivity, direct habitat loss, reduction in habitat quality adjacent to the rail lines, and the direct reduction in available habitat.

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The Rhode Island Division of Planning Response to NEC Future

The Rhode Island Division of Planning Response to NEC Future

The State supports the Preferred Alternative except for the Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass portion in Southern Rhode Island. This Bypass contains a conceptual 6-mile re-alignment of tracks which poses tremendous environmental and land use impacts to unique resources that are largely irreplaceable.

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CT Trust for Historic Preservation Response to NEC Future

CT Trust for Historic Preservation Response to NEC Future

On behalf of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Connecticut’s statewide historic preservation advocacy organization, and SECoast, our special project dedicated to organizing and educating the public to protect Southeastern Connecticut and the Lower Connecticut River Valley, we submit the following comments to provide feedback on the Preferred Alternative and the contents of the Tier 1 Final EIS for NEC Future.

We have organized a notable volume of informed commentary on the NEC Future Plan, but remain concerned that the Federal Railroad Administration has not acknowledged public, municipal, legislative, or Congressional concerns expressed in two states about their fundamentally flawed planning process, insufficient public outreach, or un-substantiated inclusion of the Old Saybrook to Kenyon bypass in the F-EIS.

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Tunnel Boring Machine

Federal Railroad Administration Plan

We have created a page dedicated to this issue, where we will keep all the information we have available and up to date. Please check it often and let us know what information we should add. The page contains all the posts we have published on this issue and many (most) which we have not added to our e-mail newsletters.

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