As a kid, I used to walk to the train tracks at the end of my street, and follow them all the way to West Main. Sometimes we'd try to hop the freight train (never made it), or play with the snapping turtles along the canal, but we always ended with a slice from Pop's Pizza or swizzle sticks from Short Stop, the corner store. Now, 25-30 years later, those train tracks have been removed, and soon the extension of the Linear Trail will occupy that space, and provide safe passage to Pop's Pizza for my own kids.
I've always lived in this neighborhood. I bought the house I grew up in, and now I'm raising my three children here in the hopes that they have as happy a childhood as I did. That's why I'm fighting so hard for the continued development of West Main Street. It's where I grew up.
At the last regular Council Meeting, we were given a presentation on possible amenities on the Linear Trail located at the West Main and Jarvis sites, both located in the third district. Bathrooms were suggested at both spots. At West Main, a concrete structure with toilets and sinks was suggested. Just as the idea was referred to the Planning Committee for further thought and investigation, I urged the committee to consider the economic impact of having these amenities on that part of the trail. As a mom, I know I'd rather take my kids somewhere where a bathroom is easily accessible. Then we'll be more likely to stop for a slice, some ice cream, and perhaps a stroll by the Ball and Socket Arts complex...
... Which brings me to another - and perhaps the greatest - possibility for West Main. On Monday, June 23, my daughter Zoë and I attended the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in support of the Ball and Socket Arts project. The plans are simply stunning. This is sure to become Cheshire's gem, a shining center of culture and a place for learning and creating. I ask that you take some time to see what they're up to, and you'll be as excited as I am.
And finally (at least for this blog entry), I once again was vocal in my fight for the 3rd district at the Special Council meeting this last Tuesday. We reviewed Town Manager Michael Milone's Goals and Objectives for the coming year, and on it I saw there was a specific point of focus on the town center. While I agree that the town center is in need of attention, I was concerned that focus would be shifted from the West Main development, just as we are gaining momentum and seeing the fruits of our labor. Because of my concerns, specific language was added to the official document to include West Main Street as a focus for economic development.
Next up is the dredging of Mixville Pond. This is absolutely vital for the continued maintenance of this beautiful pond and park.
The third district has so much to offer, and it is my absolute pleasure to represent all the wonderful people and places in our neighborhood. Come join me and my family as we take full advantage of all these fantastic spots in our district. Don't forget the Farmers Market opening this week on West Main! So much to do... I love it!