Ink the Byram River Deal Already!

Two years of negotiations between Town and army corps of Engineers for Byram River Flood control project and a critical deadline approaches.


Government is a slow by comparison with business. We all know this intuitively, but it can still surprise. For example, I was running through the issues that are important to the 149th State Assembly district (where I am the Democratic candidate in November) and thought, ah yes, funding for the Byram River flooding study to be undertaken by the Army Corps of Engineers. Where does that project stand? The agreement between the Town and the Army Corps must be inked by now, I thought. I remember the push given by Selectman Marzullo and the intervention of Congressman Himes that promised Federal funding if the Town would match.

That was almost two years ago and passed muster with the RTM and the BET — pretty much a no-brainer in terms of long over due infrastructure improvement, but sweetened enormously by the prospect of those Fed dollars.

Must be done, right? Actually, no. Two years and the Town is still dragging its feet. Local associations such as Byram and King-Merritt have been pounding the table and here we are, only a few days from a hard deadline and the application is still not submitted. And everybody is getting nervous.

This project, and the promise of Federal assistance, cannot go South because we fail to meet the deadline. I urge the Town to come through and get this deal done. This is good business. Town, don’t let us down!

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Al Brecken August 13, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Carl White of the Greenwich Library staff has just placed on display a map , circa 1900 , of the West section of Greenwich. This vintage map indicates three factories adjacant to the Byram River which probably operated on water-power. In Pemberwick , the R,B, & W factory , in Glenville "the Woolen Mill" , and in RIversville a Carriage and Hardware factory. The map also shows a Church on RIverville Rd. near the factory , and the proposed route of the Ridgefield and New York railroad.
Chandra Johnson Greene August 13, 2012 at 07:53 PM
William Leland Brank posted the following comment on the Greenwich Patch Facebook page: "I don't understand what it takes for people to realize what it means when a politician says "federal dollars". This means, the federal government takes private property from other citizens living in the United States in the form of taxation so they can give it to you. Regardless if they ever seen, heard or will ever lay eyes on the Byram river. This is not the system of government we have. The authority given to the federal government to spend is spelled out in farmers English in article one section eight of our constitution. We ether want our republic to continue to flourish or we want to continue to sink down into the failure and the doom of unrestricted Democracy..."
BEE August 14, 2012 at 11:22 PM
but which way we have been heading is clear, isn't it?


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