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Meeting Scheduled Monday in West Hartford for Those Concerned about MDC’s Niagara Deal

MDC Farmington Avenue Reservoir. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (file photo)

An informational meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.

MDC Farmington Avenue Reservoir. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (file photo)

MDC Farmington Avenue Reservoir. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (file photo)

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford resident Kim Green, whose letter to the editor last week and posts on Facebook have galvanized many in the community who feel they have been kept in the dark about the Metropolitan District Commission’s plans to sell 2 million gallons of water a day to Niagara Bottling Company, has organized an informational meeting that will take place on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at St. Peter Claver Church.

Green said her intent for the “Concerned Citizens of West Hartford” meeting is to create a forum where people can share the information that is currently available. She said that her primary concerns are that the MDC will commit to providing Niagara with their full amount of water even if a drought requires residential customers to conserve, the production of as many as 10 million plastic water bottles per day, and the apparent “lack of transparency” on the part of the MDC in notifying residents – or the West Hartford Town Council – about its plans.

Representatives of Bloomfield.org, the citizen’s group in Bloomfield that is fighting to prevent the Niagara Bottling Company from building its plant in their town, will be in attendance.

State Sen. Beth Bye has indicated that she will be attending the meeting, and Town Council member Beth Kerrigan also plans to be there. Kerrigan has been in touch with at least one of the MDC’s commissioners from West Hartford who is unable to attend, but said that MDC District Counsel R. Bartley Halloran will be there.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Peter Claver Church, 47 Pleasant St., West Hartford. For more information, contact Kim Green at 860-841-5939.

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