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What Do We Want Trumbull to Be When it 'Grows Up'?

The parting question posed to the audience was, "if you woke up tomorrow and were King or Queen of Trumbull, what would be the first thing you would do?"

Is what we say, we 'want', and what we 'mean' we want for Trumbull...two different things?

Although there were only about 100 people in attendance at the town Conservation and Development 'Planning' meeting last night, a map created at the beginning of the discussion, indicated that the audience represented a good cross section of various areas of town. The meeting was hosted by the Trumbull Town Planner and Planimetrics, a firm hired to gather data on what Trumbull residents would like to see for Trumbull's future 'landscape'.

Most of what I heard from residence came as no surprise. Residents spoke of keeping the small town character of town intact, creating a better community structure, improving pedestrian mobility, improving community facilities, and developing better infrastructure to support local business development.

Prior to the discussion portion of the meeting, Residents were asked to place stickers on a map and list,what they were 'most proud of' in Trumbull, and what they were 'most sorry for'.

Participants were then asked to place credits dollars in various boxes that listed issues that were most important to them.

Ironically, although overwhelmingly residents pointed to the valley, our parks, and rails to trails as what they were 'most proud of' in Trumbull,... 'Conservation' came in last of the 3 main topics in the credit dollars allocated by resident/ participants. 'Development' came in first in credit dollars, 'Infrastructure' came in second.

So what does this mean? Are we really saying that our towns greatest assets, what we are 'most proud of'...deserves the least attention, or support in dollars spent?

My concern is whether the public understands that sustainability of open space requires actively managing our land. If we leave the valley, our parkland, and green spaces without a strategic conservation and use management plan.... in 10 years, 'What we are most proud of' will be destroyed both through natural ecological imbalance, and human destruction.

The parting question posed to the audience was, "if you woke up tomorrow and were king or queen of Trumbull, what would be the first thing you would do?

...Anyone care to share their answer?

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louis September 25, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Trumbull grew up two hundred years ago....it seems to be decaying without grace
Carol Hudak September 25, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Ah, yet another firm hired . . . Holy Christmas!! Can't the FS ask for bi-partisan volunteers to collect data? Why is it always a consultant? Why are we always hiring someone?? As Queen of Trumbull, I would fire this administration, ASAP. I would make public all the bonded debt they have left for future generations; I would let the taxpayers know just how much this administration has spent on attorneys and lawsuits which they have stirred up. . . and finally, I would make sure the populace knew what a total disaster this administration has made of the No. Nichols Sewer project. A travesty. I would also sue Tim for the 25% of the No. Nichols sewer fee - way over the top and unnecessary - that he is sticking the rest of us with. Finally, I would make sure there was no 5,000 sq. ft. nature center (replete with liquor license for parties) inside the parks. I would let nature be nature. Finally, I would treat Beach's Park Circle with the dignity it deserves. The Memorial Rock has overgrown weeds in front of it. This is a memorial to Trumbull's WWII veterans who died in the war. Weeds? I would replace the decades old benches, since seniors from Stern Village sit there. Surely with all the consultants (and $75,000 for a garbage re-cycling co-ordinator) we can afford the modest amount it would cost to put in safe benches. The same goes for the picnic tables. The Park Circle is shown no respect. Ah, what a reign . . . when do I begin?! (LOL)
louis September 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM
The town expanded to the point of no return in the 1970's. There is little infrastructure you can change. The history is rather simple and the poor residential development plan ensured that we would be limited forever. Honestly to make it appear as though they can build a new Vegas or entertainment destination is confirmation that there are those taking advantage of Malloy's decriminalisation of pot. The town had a train station until 1890. At that point powers from outside the town decided it to remain a backwater. When my grandparents moved into the Trumbull area from Fairfield in 1959, there was no local newspaper and not everyone had a phone. The center of the town was the Plumb building until adventurous nomads decided that the City Jail would be the place to attract everyone. There was no High School, Trumbull's HS was Harding (named after the former Republican President) in the leafy upper middle class neighborhood of upper Boston Avenue, until Madison Middle was used as the High School. There were no major housing developments such as the cookie cutter homes on Daniels Farm and homes did not cost a million, even in Tashua. When Tashua golf opened in 1976, it was a place where the people could live the country club life without paying fifty grand a year. Something nice for the people. In the 1800's Republicans could not get elected, now its the Democrats in the House seat. What we need is vision to conserve what we have, because we are pretty lucky.
Tom Pieragostini September 28, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Sure, residents want to preserve Trumbull’s character and demand more restaurants and stores. What exactly is Trumbull’s character anyway, does anyone know? The town of Redding is only a mile from Trumbull, but it might as well be hundreds of miles away from us when it comes to finding any similarities, connections or shared history. One reason might be the way the two towns have differed in their planning in the past which has defined our town's character today. Redding has never been open for business, while we've always welcomed it. Redding is proud of its heritage and mentions its most famous resident Mark Twain in its plan. Why? Because of the reasons he chose to live there. Redding shows respect to their heritage and works hard at preserving it. In fact, the word history appears five dozen times in Redding's plan to only half a dozen times in ours. Trumbull does have an enviable history though. Our heritage dates back to when Native Americans lived here 10,000 years ago to the late 1630s when Puritans arrived to the Group Theatre who summered here when Nichols resident Igor Sikorsky was inventing the helicopter in the late 1930s. The main difference between Redding and Trumbull, is their heritage and character are well-defined and ours isn't.
louis September 28, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Our history is one of our defining attributes, we have people with no knowledge of that or any defined plans to preserve our heritage. You are absolutely correct! By the way, let me know if you want a Yard sign. They are extremely attractive and even if you just put it up a week or so...its a pretty neat souvenir! Might even be worth money one day.
HL November 15, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I admire Redding quite a bit, especially their focus on education (which trumps all else by leaps and bounds, preserves property value and keeps demand for homes there high at all times). Having said that ... Redding has it's cake and eats it too, primarily because towns all around it (Fairfield, Trumbull, Westport, Danbury) have all been "open for business". So you can drive from Redding to a grocery store, a shopping mall, or a job, in as little as 10 minutes. Sure, you can hardly even buy gas there, but if you leave Redding in any direction all of our towns provide gas for you. Much of Redding's success is in thanks to it's neighbors.

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