Voters Approve Pepper Street Reconstruction Project [Updated]

Voting on the Pepper Street reconstruction project will take place on Feb. 4 at the Monroe Senior Center. Credit: Bill Bittar
Voting on the Pepper Street reconstruction project will take place on Feb. 4 at the Monroe Senior Center. Credit: Bill Bittar

Monroe voters have approved the Pepper Street project.

According to a tweet from Monroe Courier, the $5.05 million bond proposal passed 484 to 271.

Our original report follows:

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Monroe residents will weigh in on whether to approve or deny $5.05 million in bonding for the Pepper Street Improvement Project.

Time & Date: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4

Location: Monroe Senior Center, 235 Cutlers Farm Rd.

The project, if approved, will provide better pavement management and safety improvements for the road and a portion of the Rail Trail, according to a Jan. 14 article on Monroe Patch.

Eighty percent of the project will be funded by the federal government, with the town of Monroe and the state of Connecticut each funding 10 percent.

Councilman Tony Unger said the town would bond for the entire project but would be reimbursed as the project progresses.

What readers are saying

On the Monroe Patch Town Square board, two readers shared their thoughts:

If you’d like to weigh in with your thoughts too, visit the Town Square or Speak Out boards.

Past Articles

G.W. February 03, 2014 at 04:19 PM
Vote NO new road to increase Kimbal commercial property values on Pepper Street. Pepper Street was repaired with our Tax Dollars just a few years ago and it is in fine shape. The proposed State and Federal funding should be targeted for another Monroe road. Vote NO and force Vavrek and other elected officials to open up a discussion on how to use State and Federal funding to repair other high traffic roads in town.
Steve Kirsch February 03, 2014 at 04:27 PM
GW, did you attend the public meeting last week? If so, you would understand that this is a use-it-or-lose-it deal. The money is for this project and only this project. So, a no vote does not get any funds to use anyplace in town. In fact, one set of comments at the meeting was that if we reject this project it might be a very long time before Monroe will be considered again in the future. Also, the road had a layer put on it a few years ago to hold it together until this project could be done. The roadbed itself is bad and needs to be replaced. You can find this documented in the project summary from 2012 and it was discussed at the public meeting last week. You may not like this project, but at least be honest about the facts associated with it.
Bob Loblaw February 03, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Watch out Mr Kirsh or your home phone and email given out by G.W.
Bruce February 03, 2014 at 05:38 PM
I'm voting YES on this project because of people like GW and his Citizens Audit Committee. They DO NOTHING for our community except try and sabotage all attempts to improve Monroe. Parents take note - this is the same group who constantly lie about our schools and attempt to sabotage our school system.
Free Speech February 03, 2014 at 07:18 PM
GW - It is laughable that someone would take the advice of an organization run by a disgruntled post office worker. Your group lied last year about Honeywell. I wonder what lies you told this time to get people to sign your petition? Funny how Sippin is involved. Isn't he Kimball's rival business partner? Kimball supports Monroe while Sippin is out there ALWAYS criticizing and undermining it. Kimball acts like a professional and anyone who has seen Sippin knows he is inarticulate and disgruntled.
john February 03, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Wow more bureaucratic logic and double talk. Increasing everyone tax bill for any reason equals some kind of magical improvement? I have been here a long time and I am still waiting to see the improvements of the last several tax increases. Or how about voting for something not based on its true need but to spite some of your neighbors all while using phrases like"our community" It looks like that "our community" only applies to those you personally agree with? What a narrow closed view. Or how about spending town state and federal tax dollars because we not get another chance soon. I can not help to wonder if these individuals spend there own pay checks with this same logic. I bet not. I wonder why this country and state is in so much debt? Just how much have we already spent on Pepper St over the last 10 years and how many residents use it everyday? Is it worth spending more and how many of us will benefit? Is this truly needed or are there more important places we can spend our hard earned money?
James Wadsworth February 03, 2014 at 08:53 PM
I agree with Bruce on this issue. The citizens audit committee is not capable of telling the truth and has no sense of Monroe Pride. They spout anger and hate at meetings. I'm sending them a message and voting Yes!!!
Gerald M. Gaynor February 04, 2014 at 06:34 AM
Vote for progress for a change...
Marie D'Ostilio February 04, 2014 at 07:23 AM
Please vote yes! I work on Pepper street and the improvements will make it safer for me to exit the business at night. Planned improvement will even out the road surface and improve the sight lines. Please vote yes for the employees and Monroe residents that work on Pepper street!
Jim Mayer February 05, 2014 at 05:34 AM
Let's see.....WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE AT THIS POINT G.W. However, if the Kimball property increases in value, doesn't that also mean more tax dollars for the town? (maybe you are thinking sippin owns it and therefore a deal for reduced taxes would be on the table as a result of increased property value)
Gerald M. Gaynor February 05, 2014 at 06:37 AM
Like it or not, those who cared enough to show up and vote have spoken. Lets hear no more conspiracy silliness from those breakfasting on sour grapes.
Marie D'Ostilio February 05, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Thanks for voting yes for safety for those that work on Pepper St!


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