Questions and Comments…Feedback from Website Visitors
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1. Comment: I am wondering why Winterbourne View was not included in the storm drain replacement and paving?  I noticed that Avebury which is a much newer street is being done.  Our street is loaded with cracks and depressions.

Town’s Response: Main roads such as Kate Lane, Woodhenge Drive and Avebury Lane are on the schedule for road repair this year.  Secondary roads such as Kim Circle, Marlboro Glade, Ryan Road, Ruops Road, Stepahnie Lane and Winterbourne View will be on the schedule for road repairs over the next two years.

2. Comment:When returning home from work, I often find Merrow Road backed up from Route 74 back to Old Post Road. Many drivers bypass this line using Tolland Green between Old Post Road and further contribute to the backup.

One thought I had would be to either alter Tolland Green to be one way (north or south) either full-time or temporarily (e.g. from 4 pm to 6 pm M-F) to help alleviate traffic. I don’t think this would cause much of an inconvenience to those homes on the road and may even be desirable, as there would be less traffic.

Is this something the town has considered?

Town’s Response: Thank you for taking the time to write. There is an on-going Route 195 Corridor Study looking at, amongst other things, traffic on Route 195. Route 195 being a state road makes it unlikely that it would be made one way as an option to alleviating traffic.

The Route 195 Corridor Study Committee information can be found on the CRCOG website (click here) and on the Town’s website (click here).

3. Comment: Bulk waste is only picked up once a month. What can be done about people who put piles of stuff out at the road weeks before the pickup date? It is unsightly and can be a hazard if it blows into the road. I don’t know if people just don’t read the waste pickup information or they just don’t care. Is there any regulation concerning this problem? If not, there should be one.

Town’s Response:At this time we are working on revising the town’s Solid Waste Regulations which will address this issue and help with enforcement. We will continue with our efforts to get the word out on how the program works and when you should place your waste at the curb. To date we have had information on the website, within the Solid Waste Disposal Guide that was issued with the new rolling totes, in newspapers, and in the Tolland Monthly. Recently an e-mail was sent through the town’s e-mail subscriber service to remind residents of the importance of placing bulky waste items at the curb as close to the date of the scheduled pick-up as possible. If residents are aware of violators of this policy, they can let us know and we will have a notice delivered to the household informing them of the concern.

Comment:  There is a house down the street from me that has animals in the yard.  As far as I can tell they have chickens and roosters and sheep.  The number of animals that they have has increased through the years and the noise is becoming quite frustrating.  The roosters are extremely loud and can be heard all hours of the day and night.  Neighbors of ours have complained to us that they too are frequently woken up in the middle of the night by the roosters.  Is there anything we can do?  Isn’t the rooster noise just as annoying as someone with a barking dog?

Town’s Response: 

“Farming activities” are not regulated by the noise ordinance.  Whereas a rooster can certainly be as annoying as a barking dog, raising fowl is classified as farming under state statute.  Connecticut Statutes declare that there is a “right to farm” and that farming is not a nuisance; however, the Zoning Regulations do put some limits on keeping animals normally associated with farming.  In order to classify as a “farm” for keeping farm animals the property must be at least 2 acres.  Your e-mail did not specify an address where this rooster is kept; if you will provide me with the address I will check to see whether the property qualifies to keep farm animals and whether the property complies with all other requirements.