Debate over potential propane storage facility in Clinton and Madison

CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH)–Emotions ran high Monday night in Clinton over a proposal to put a 540,000 gallon propane storage facility near houses in Clinton and Madison.

Citizens made their voices heard during a town meeting Monday night to determine the future of the facility. The town hall was packed as the planning and zoning commission heard from locals, trying to decide if they’ll let a Global Partners propane storage facility move into town.

“It’s personal. It’s personal,” said Nancy Leta, who lives in Clinton.

“My youngest daughter is eight years old and she’s scared,” said Michelle Zawadski.

“I’m just really nervous,” another resident said. “I don’t think it should be there. I understand we need the revenue. I pay taxes.”

Two neighbors spoke in favor of it, as the company representatives ensured security, and said there would be a buffer to avoid noise pollution.

“Global’s plan is consistent with Clinton’s plan if conservation and development which calls for the development of new industrial development in previous developed sites,” said Diane Whitney of Pullman & Comley.

That site is the former Stanley Bostitch property. They stressed the financial gains saying that it’s an $8 million project that would generate $100,000 in taxes per year.

“We have almost 40 acres of industrial unused property. It’s zoned properly. It’s adjacent to rail. It’s got a significant buffer to neighbors to allow the facility to take shape,” another resident said.

Another public hearing is scheduled for July 7th, and then the town could schedule a vote.

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