Much Ado About Stop & Shop's Gas Station Petition

Applicants for a new gas station on Monroe Turnpike tout a petition with over 1,600 signatures in support, while opponents doubt its validity.

Attorney Stephen Studer says his client's proposal for a five-bay, 10-pump gas station at 528 Monroe Turnpike is not only the right kind of development for the site, but that there's also high demand for it. The Stop & Shop station would offer gas at discounted prices for shoppers racking up points on their store cards.

Last Thursday, Studer presented a petition in support of the gas station to the Planning & Zoning Commission, touting the more than 1,600 signatures that were garnered at Monroe's supermarket.

But opponents of the special exception permit application tried to belittle the petition on several occasions during that night's public hearing.

Phyllis Kansky of Brookside Drive spoke against the gas station out of concern that a flooding problem in her neighborhood would only get worse, and presented a letter signed by 10 Brookside Drive residents to bolster point.

Kansky said those 10 signatures should carry more weight than a Stop & Shop petition in which people were paid $15 an hour to garner signatures outside the store.

Bernard Prushko Jr., whose family owns the Shell station right next door to 528 Monroe Turnpike, presented a petition with over 100 signatures in opposition of the Stop & Shop gas station.

"We didn't have people outside Stop & Shop who were paid," Prushko said.

Ed Coffey, the town historian, contends having a gas station at 528 Monroe Turnpike will make an already dangerous intersection even more treacherous. And he claims Stop & Shop's petition is misleading as to the gas station's proposed location.

"The clerk at Stop & Shop told me the petition was for the gas station to be 'right here,'" Coffey said, noting the pumps would actually be off site.

Geezer January 07, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Didn't the water company have some pollution concerns? If so, the developers should be required to put up a 5 year bond large enough to correct any problem and compensate locals affected by the pollution.
Monroe longtimer January 07, 2013 at 01:38 PM
What matters is the people that this will affect. All the houses in the area wre affected when Big Y came in You can show me all the studies Mr Sippin has-he doesn't live in the area, nor does he care about us or that he is ruining other peoples lives.-water levels, noise -,traffic in this area is horrendous-we wait 5 minutes to get out of Jeanette street now. For once, let the little guy win Prushko's work very hard and take care of the elderly who can't pump gas.Put it down where 111 is four lanes.How much money will this really generate? Oh, by the way alot of the people who singed their petition don't live in Town. As I said, let the little guy win for once in this town.Don't ruin a man's livelyhood .
jim laguardia January 07, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Who is really going to drive to Monroe to save on gas?? As pointed out earlier we are a higher priced "gas zone" so will we really see that big of an increase in traffic? It's not like we are Milford and are drawing people in with big box stores, that they will "fill up while we are there" maybe a deal can be struck by Mr. Prushko to start taking S&S points and then they will stop trying to put him out of business? He can still stay full serve I would think??
Alex January 07, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Drove up to Milford this weekend to do some shopping. Bought 20.1 gallons of gas for my car at $3.34/gallon (30 cents off per gallon savings) at the stop and shop station off of Route 1. Current price on Rt. 111 is around $3.68/gallon. *IF* I Filled up in Monroe = $73.97 Filled up at Stop&Shop in Milford = $67.13 Saving over $6 for the same product is a no brainer. If there was a Stop & Shop station in Monroe they would have received my business instead for the gas. That's my perspective.
john roberge January 07, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Monroe gas station owners have had a poor practice of charging an extra 10 cents per gallon on credit cards for too long. Their rationalization is total bull and no one in their right mind should buy gas in Monroe unless they have too. This is the only town that I know of that does this bad practice as all other gas stations in the USA include the cost of the credit card in their price per gallon. Gas is too high in Monroe and station owners' are upset that Stop and Shop will put a hole in their rip off system.
Sheila D January 07, 2013 at 02:38 PM
For anyone who cares, the Citgo across from Rite-Aid on 111 has 5 cents off of on Sundays, and they always have Cash prices available for those who use Debit cards in addition to the fact that price is for full serve.
James Wadsworth January 07, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Gas prices are too high in Monroe. Everyone who lives here knows that. It was just a matter of time before some competition came along to lower prices. If we had lower gas prices this would not be happening. Stop N Shop saw an opportunity and is taking advantage of it.
christine January 07, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Oh, please. Does no one ever drive outside of Monroe? I have found gas stations all over Ct. that charge an extra .10 per gallon for credit cards. I'll continue to buy my gas at the other gas stations. I'm not going to contribute to any environmental pollution at S & Sjust so I can save a few cents. I might boycott S & S altogether.
john roberge January 07, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Christine, where do you find a surcharge for credit cards in other towns, particulary around Monroe?
Jim beam January 07, 2013 at 10:36 PM
We as a town are under no obligation to subsidize gas discounts earned by those buying overpriced groceries at S&S. The fact that this store offers a "loss leader" (gas) so buyers then have an incentive to purchase groceries that cover that loss on gas should mean nothing regarding approval of this application by our town. Remember, S&S discounted gas is already available at 111 Monroe Tpke, less than a mile and a half from this proposed site. So the concerns of those who want discounted gas much ado about nothing as well as besides the point. Property tax revenue from this project will diminish over a few short years because the taxable base would be primarily personal property (gas tanks, pumps, conduits, etc.). Personal property is taxed differently than real property.The real property included in this project are the land, which is already taxed, and a small kiosk. The fact that the traffic congestion from this development (more than 20,000 cars a month) will inhibit future commercial economic development on this part of Rte 111 means that this project is a loser for taxpayers. When factoring in the exacerbation of flooding issues on Brookside Drive and water pollution concerns as expressed by Aquarion Water Company, rejection of this application should be a certainty. However, Monroe politics appears to be at work here and approval seems likely.
HappyWife January 07, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Stop and Shop is also taking advantage of the people in Monroe--- the plot of land they want to build on is contaminated with cancer causing poisons and since the statute of limitations has expired they are not legally obligated on cleaning up the toxins. That saves them millions of dollars. They will disturb the toxins with excavating which will result in them becoming air born and potentially enter our public water supply through the brook that runs less than 100 feet away. Gas prices are expensive but if we lose our clean water is going to cost a lot more. The risk and possible costs to our health, water, town and environment especially long term scares me more than gas prices. I would love lower gas prices but not as much as I would love knowing that our water supply is safe and protected. Lower gas prices are a WANT---clean water is a NEED. Stop and Shop is taking advantage unfortunately the town will be taking the risks. Sadly, I believe that it will be approved and the contamination issue will just be covered up with a cement slab.
mark antinozzi January 07, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I am sure the Planning & Zoning Commission will do the right thing and protect the interests of the citizens who elected it. They are residents of Monroe as well, and will benefit or be adversely affected by their decision whichever way it goes.
Walt January 08, 2013 at 12:19 AM
I'm guessing happywife has a miserablehusband
Walt January 08, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Exactly what is it that you envision will be developed on that part of 111? Why don't you advocate for widening of the road with sewers? And no, your vaunted 111 monroe turnpike is and has been a ripoff for years with exhorbitantly excessive prices far and away higher than anywhere local, you would lose money going there for gas over other area gas stations even with the S&S points.
HappyWife January 08, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Wow Walt that really hurt !! Ouch!! However your contributions are as helpful as that last comment---you prove that you can't fix stupid
john roberge January 08, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Spoken like a true politician!
PlumbBob January 08, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Does anyone realize there is already a Shell station just down the road next to Knechts where your Stop & Shop discount can be had? In most cases you would be driving past it anyway while traveling down RT 111, or at worst it is only a minute out of your way. Shame on Shell for even supporting this and potentially taking business away from TWO of it's currently established locations already on the same road. How terrible is that? And please don't be fooled, this isn't about whats best for Monroe, it's not about providing a huge amount of tax revenue that instantly solves economic problems just because a gas station goes up. What this is about is greed, Sippin using his political party allies and representation (insert names and commissions as you see fit) to get what he wants, and being able to utilize his dirty brown lot to make money. Sadly it seems many people just don't give a damn about the environment or whats best for the town. The traffic situation this would cause should alone be enough to sqaush this proposal, yet this all seems to be overlooked. "I am sure the Planning & Zoning Commission will do the right thing and protect the interests of the citizens who elected it" .........wanna bet on that?
JoAnn Toth January 08, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Yet another stupid. foolish Sippen moment!
D. Sickles January 08, 2013 at 06:31 PM
@Mark Antinozzi - have you been drinking the kool aid? Best for Monroe? They will vote what is best for their political interest just like you always do. Who do you think you fool with your foolish remarks?


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