Bridgeport Magnet School Rock Blasting Prompts Questions

Trumbull neighbors don't know who to call to report problems.

Reports of rock blasting at odd hours at the Fairchild Magnet School next to Trumbull have several Trumbull residents wondering to whom they can turn.

After hearing reports of "jackhammering and rock blasting ... occurring at the magnet school site from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on at least two occasions," Planning and Zoning Commission member Tony Silber reported them to Trumbull Zoning enforcement official Fred Bietsch.

The park is in Bridgeport next to Avalon Gates on Old Town Road, and the copmplaints came from Avalon residents, Silber said.

According to an email from Bietsch to Silber:

"Tony, [I] have reviewed the situation with our Fire Marshall’s office and found that they have discussed this item with the Bpt. Fire Marshall’s office. They will take no action and show little concern about blasting or work hours. Only suggestion is effected party or parties contact the State Fire Marshall’s office. Trumbull has little if any say on this project. Fred."

Calls to the Bridgeport Fire Marshal's Office and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch's office were not returned.

State Fire Marshal Robert J. Ross said his office works with the State Police, who investigate blasting complaints. He later added that issues such as blasting are usually addressed locally.


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The Interdistrict Magnet School will have 1,500 seats, 500 in each magnet. It will serve grades 9-12 and teach biology, Information Technology and Aerospace. Its students will be mostly from Bridgeport, with 30 percent from surrounding communities.

The park is owned by the state but used to be located in Trumbull until the Trumbull/Bridgeport border was redrawn to accommodate the school. Trumbull is working on getting a lease for nearby land off Quarry Road currently used by Bridgeport.

TrumbullSr May 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Ah. If we only had clout. What? We did and we gambled it away. Sorry Trumbull residents and good luck getting your concerns addressed.
JR May 16, 2012 at 01:50 PM
But Mr. Scinto said he was handling his constiutents' concerns and has been meeting with the construction manager. Maybe Chad can fix it by quoting Lincoln or Socrates.
Joan May 16, 2012 at 01:51 PM
They should call the First Selectman since it was he who gave away that land, along with any leverage we might have had. By the way, how are the negotiations going on the dump that he traded away the magnet school for?
Mark E Smith May 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Tony, I got a call from my neighbor saying that the Whining from the Democrats in town is too loud and that their new campaign of "make up any story about Tim Herbst and the Republicans" will fail like their last campaign. It will fail like the Democrats new Income Tax Increase we all had to pay back retro-actively. Fail like the latest State Budget where this month we are told it's a deficit and last month we are told its a surplus. Tony, you architecture of PR failed you in the last Municipal campaign, and is failing you again only this time you face is directly attached to it. I now have to go over to my neighbor and tell him that I can't help him about all the loud whining that he must go to a Trumbull Democratic Town Meeting to stop it. However, if that is not possible I would recommend that you go to this site for help: http://childparenting.about.com/od/behaviordiscipline/a/Child-Discipline-How-To-Stop-Whining-In-Children.htm No body likes a whiner. Get and idea, build a platform, sell it to the community. Hell, your the Journalist/PR guy you should know this stuff. But, if not here it is again: Get and Idea, build a platform and sell it to the community. Again, Trumbull Democrats lack a leader, leadership and ideas.
Mark E Smith May 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Let's play a game. Can anyone find a link or document that can prove that an elected member of the Trumbull Democratic Party has actually come up with a Solution or a positive idea? I am not talking about whining or complaining. But a Good Idea or Solution that they have for Trumbull in the past 30 months. (Campaign Promises don't count) Anyone have a link they can share?
JR May 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Mr. Quitter, There is something wrong with your keyboard. It capitalizes words in the middle of sentences. It also is making your grammar inconsistent. Your prose reads like a second grader. Do you have any suggestions for the residents who have to try to sleep while there is blasting going on at night? Nobody cares about your incessant ramblings.
JR May 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Stay on topic, Mr. Wall Street.
Mark E Smith May 16, 2012 at 10:31 PM
JR, It's simple I don't know why the genius in you or Tony didn't come up with it. GET EAR PLUGS!!! I just told my neighbor the same thing.
Anthony Musto May 17, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Mark, since you asked: http://votemusto.com/
JR May 17, 2012 at 12:49 AM
That's your solution for your fellow Trumbull residents? Ear plugs? I can see why your neighbor might need them, though.
Tony Silber May 17, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Mark, what's with the high-school-bully-name-calling routine? I'd be willing to say it's not the real Mark Smith, because people I respect say you're not really this kind of person. I don't know you well enough to say that. I knew lots of kids like you when I was in high school. They're the ones that want to be accepted by the pack, so they'll lash out aggressively at other people, hoping for acceptance by the in crowd. We all know the true character of those types of people, don't we? At any rate, all I did in this case was react to a report from people at Avalon Gates about blasting in the early morning and evening, and I reported it to the first selectman and the zoning enforcement officer. I also told the media, as they have some power to get the attention of municipal leadership. As an elected representative of the people of Trumbull, it's the least I could do. Would you say I diid the wrong thing? What would you have done?
Mark E Smith May 17, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Tony, "High School Bully Calling"? Really, is that all you have. Now you are making characterizations about people (self admittedly) you don't know or even meet in order to make your argument? Again weak at best and bad leadership. Your strategy which I will now call the "Here-say Strategy" both here on the Path and TrumbullChat is full of Here-say. No actual facts and "I heard from someone that..." arguments. How does that strategy advance anything or any issue in this town? Did you not actually collect facts as a new reporter for the CT Post? Why don't you try it now then? Second, you were NOT ELECTED. Like Tom Kelly on the Board of Ed. you were GIVEN your seat uncontested by party officials. The last election you were in that was contested was for P&Z, when you got CRUSHED by Rich Deeken in 2009 by the largest margin in any contest that year. So, please put your "I am an elected official" attitude back where it came. You will take ANY opportunity to attack Tim Herbst and the Republicans on the smallest of issues. When they were blasting on Madison avenue a few years ago in the early morning for sewers no one called Ray Baldwin or wrote letters to the media, we could have but what would that have solved? Again, you and the Trumbull Democrats will try to make anything into a political issue even when their isn't one. This strategy too will fail.
Mark E Smith May 17, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Anthony, Where on your site is the "I voted for your latest Income Tax Increase, the first in the nation that forced you to pay retro-actively"? If Jobs and the economy are what you are fighting for then why the Tax Increase? How is that helping local businesses here in CT.? It obviously didn't work with the recent decrease in state Revenue. So, what gives? Secondly, I noticed that you stand for no Issues. http://www.votemusto.com/issues.htm I know that you have a easy 9,000 vote head-start automatically from Bridgeport, but No Issues?
Tony Silber May 17, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Mark, you don't get to decide whether I was elected or not. That's number one. No one died and left you in charge of deciding the rules of democracy. Second, you've been on this business about my margin in the 2009 election for a long time now, and I've shown you to be wrong in the past. That said, I suggest you show Commissioner Rich Deecken the slightest amount of respect by spelling his name correctly. I personally have a lot of respect for Rich and work well with him. As you know, Mark, placement on the ballot has a lot to do with how candidates fare, especially people down on the ballot like Rich and me. In most cases, the top of the ticket drives the margin in races like mine. Also, you're wrong about me taking any opportunity to attack Tim Herbst. We've been working closely on the Master Plan, and as a Democrat on the P+Z, I'm glad to have his participation. You wouldn't know that, of course, because you're about throwing grenades, not serving Trumbull. As I said, I was trying to look out for the people who live near the school site. You didn't answer my question. Wouldn't you also try to help the people who live nearby, and if not, why not? In the end, Mark, I'll put my contributions to the Town of Trumbull up against yours any day. Your tenure as a public servant was marked by a nasty temper, an erratic disposition, and terrible strategic choices as chairman of the BOF.
Doug Sutherland June 06, 2012 at 04:43 AM
If anyone is interested, the Fairchild-Wheeler Multi-Magnet School Topping-Out Ceremony will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM on Quarry Road in Trumbull. This commemorates the raising of the top-most beam on the building. They usually place a tree or branch on the top beam. This is an exciting milestone in the construction of what will be a magnificent addition to the educational options for our area students. Too bad it is no long in Trumbull and too bad we lost 100 seats at this school for our Trumbull students, but nonetheless, we should all celebrate the progress of this important project for the Bridgeport region.


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