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conservation

290 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Cyndi Andrades

Preserve and Protect 75 Cleveland St., Norfolk, from Developers

Dear Norfolk Neighbors, Please consider signing this petition asking Norfolk Town Representatives to investigate purchasing, preserving, and protecting 18.54 acres at 75 Cleveland Street in Norfolk. The home and land are currently for sale and a developer can purchase the property to build a 40B project. The purchase and preservation of this property may benefit the town in many ways: The house on the property may have historical significance or may be rehabbed to become a 40B single home (Norfolk needs more 40B homes to meet the state requirements.) The property at 75 Cleveland abuts conservation land that cannot currently be accessed via the road. The frontage at 75 Cleveland Street would allow such access and increase the size and availability of recreational areas (walking and hiking trails, possible park?) The cost of the property is relatively low compared to the cost the town will face if a 40B development is built at that location (expanding population = water needs, first responder needs, larger schools, increased traffic.) The location is currently a sanctuary for wildlife and some of the property is considered wetlands. Some of the property is also designated as 61A farmland. Norfolk's Community Preservation Committee, Historical Commission, and Affordable Housing Committee have been contacted about purchasing and preserving the house and land at 75 Cleveland Street. Members of the commissions and committees attended an open house at the property. The committees and commissions need to hear from the town's citizens and know that we support this effort. Cyndi Andrade of the Community Preservation Committee, along with members of the Historical Commission and Affordable Housing Committee, will meet on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 at Town Hall in Room 124 (main floor). The first item on the agenda is investigating the purchase and preservation of 75 Cleveland St.  Please join me in helping to preserve this property. Please attend the meeting on Wednesday, October 4. In addition, please sign this petition which asks the committees and commissions to purchase, preserve and protect 75 Cleveland St.  The petition will be presented at the meeting. You can also contact the individuals who serve our town via the following email addresses and/or phone numbers:   Community Preservation Committee:  Michele Thoener, Clerk: mthoener@norfolk.ma.us or 508-801-5844 Cynthia Andrade, Chair: 508-528-3804 Paul Terrio, Chair    Historical Commission (508-528-4800):   Betsey Whitney, Clerk Norfolk Municipal Affordable Housing Trust (508-440-2812): Susan Jacobson, Housing Director, sjacobson@norfolk.ma.us Jim Lehan, Chair  Mark Henney, Vice Chair Tom Cleverdon, Clerk Conservation Committee:  Amy Brady (abrady@norfolk.ma.us)  Janet DeLonga (jdelonga@norfolk.ma.us) Board of Selectman (508-440-2855): Scott Bugbee, SBugbee@norfolk.ma.us Jim Lehan, JLehan@norfolk.ma.us Jeff Palumbo, Jpalumbo@norfolk.ma.us For more information on the property at 75 Cleveland Street, please visit: https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/ma/norfolk/75-cleveland/pid_19867553/ Please sign this petition and please feel free to share with others.  Sincerely,  Catherine Troutman Churchill Road, Norfolk, Massachusetts

Catherine Troutman
486 supporters
This petition won 2 weeks ago

Petition to Keith Giagnorio

Stop the Installation of Two LED Billboards in Lombard, IL.

The Village is being offered $75,000 to install two new LED billboards at the below locations. There are many reasons why this project shouldn't move forward. Please sign this petition to tell Lombard Trustees that $75K a year (a drop in the bucket for a municipal budget) is not worth the wellbeing of our communities. A 20-year lease means that we can't change our minds for the next twenty years! The location of the billboards is environmentally sensitive. They are installed at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve, which is one of eleven protected places in the world where the Federally-Threatened Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid can be found. This rare orchid can only be pollinated sustainably by nocturnal hawkmoths. These two giant billboards emitting blue-rich light will certainly affect the local population of these moths. (Imagine the moths attracted to your house's night lamp multiplied out to the power of a billboard).  Many residents journey to Churchill Woods from miles around to receive eco-psychological renewal and wellbeing that only unmolested nature can provide. These billboards will mar the treescape/skyscape for hikers who are attracted to this area for its natural beauty. The billboards (projecting commercial messaging from corporations like coca cola, mcdonalds, and burger king) will degrade the experience of people enjoying the Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail- important amenities for recreation in DuPage County. Blue-rich LED light disrupts the human endocrine system (this is the system which controls our hormones). Many people don't realize that exposure to blue-rich light prevents our bodies from creating the hormone melatonin, which allows us to sleep. Exposure to this kind of light can disrupt sleep patterns and cause chronic illness. It's hard to believe that unnatural light can be a kind of pollution, but many scientific studies actually show that in areas with irresponsible night-time lighting there are increased risks of cancer due to long-term sleeplessness.  There has been little study on the effect of LED billboards on road safety. Humans are naturally distracted by bright lights and the flickering motion of LED billboards, at a time when concentration is crucial to protect families driving on the road. These billboards are going to affect our home values as they will eliminate the ability of DuPage residents to see the Milky Way, or any stars, for miles around. The global trend is heading toward dark-sky compliant night time lighting, so these billboards are a step in the wrong direction and will certainly prevent our children from connecting to the ancient heritage of star-viewing that provides an incomparable experience of wonder-making and inspiration. Without seeing the stars, it is hard for humans to understand our place in the cosmos.   

Andrew Van Gorp
352 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Shawn Osterbrink, Barb Ermeling, Village of Weston

Raising awareness and support for the Lower Eau Claire River Water Trail Master Plan.

The Friends of the Lower Eau Claire River is a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the river. Located in the Wausau, Wisconsin metro area, we invite you to experience all the Eau Claire River has to offer. These 'Friends' are sponsoring this petition.  Recently, the Village of Weston authored an idea, which was published as the Lower Eau Claire River Water Trail Master Plan. The Plan is available for download from the Village's website, located at www.westonwi.gov. This Master Plan calls on the City of Wausau, the City of Schofield, the Village of Weston, the Town of Weston, and the Town of Ringle, in partnership with Marathon County to build and maintain multiple public access points for canoe/kayak sport and recreation enthusiasts along the lower portions of the Eau Claire River. Nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts also are being targeted as a group benefiting from this project.  The Village of Weston has completed the first access point at the Ross Avenue bridge, and they are currently planning for a second site by the County Road J bridge.  It is hard to quantify and rally an approximate number of canoe and kayak enthusiasts here in central Wisconsin. If you are a canoer and/or kayaker, or if you just happen to love the public having increased accessibility to this natural resource, and you support the framework and call to action presented in the Master Plan, please sign this petition and indicate your support for these planning/construction efforts.   Questions? The Friends have established a local Facebook page and an online gathering space for neighbors who are interested in learning more about our efforts. You can learn more about these efforts at fb.me/EauClaireRiverFriends, or you can email the group at friendsofeauclaireriver@gmail.com.      

Daniel Guild
13 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Hon. Jay Schneiderman, Hon. Christin Scalera, Hon. Julie Lofstad, Hon. Stan Glinka, Hon. John Bouvier, Sundy Schermeyer

B.A.N. the Gateway Proposal across from Bridgehampton Commons -

BRIDGEHAMPTON ACTION NOW  (B.A.N.) THE GATEWAY PROPERTY ACROSS FROM BRIDGEHAMPTON COMMONS We won the first battle. Help us to Preserve this high traffic area and Watershed.  B.A.N. supporters with the help of our attorney forced the withdrawal of the Town sponsored PDD Gateway proposal.  However, the fight is not over, as a new  proposal is expected to be submitted in the very near future. Due to B.A.N.'s vigilance and other concerned community groups,  we have opposed any new inappropriate plan in order to protect the critical natural features and rural appearance of the Gateway site.    B.A.N. will work to have the Town Board enact greater zoning protections for this important site. We will also participate in any Planning Board review to make sure that natural features and the  watershed are fully protected from harm.   The 1999 Comprehensive Plan already recommends  the use  of scenic greenways and watershed greenways to protect the features and the rural appearance of the Gateway site.  A moratorium and a new Hamlet Study are also possible to evaluate appropriate development of the site. Residents’ comments in this petition overwhelmingly favor limiting development and protecting the natural features and appearance of the Gateway site.  Additional zoning protection is required to stop the following potential impacts: Water Impact- Water and storm water runoff which threatens the integrity of 5 ponds which connect to Kellis Pond and Kellis Creek. in Bridgehampton are connected. DISEASE causing BLUE-GREEN ALGAE already growing in many of our Ponds including endangered Kellis Pond, currently on the New York State Impaired List.  Existing Set-Backs must be increased to protect this sensitive watershed.    INTENSE TRAFFIC CONGESTION- development threatens to increase the already horrific traffic during the Summer through Fall season. Traffic accidents have increased  on Montauk Highway all year round between Water Mill and Bridgehampton in particular.  Emergency vehicles, Fire trucks, Police etc. will have tremendous difficulty getting to those in need.  ENVIRONMENT- The commercial development of the site poses a serious threat to Kellis Pond and wetland area which is habitat for wildlife and birds. ECONOMIC IMPACT DISASTER to MAIN STREET- Commercial development threatens the economic future of the charming retail and antique shops which are the centerpiece of the Bridgehampton . Four retail stores have closed on Main street and most are still unrented. Retail uses should not be introduced. Say no to high end and pop stress that kill local buinesses  Additional zoning overlay restrictions:  The Town Board should consider more restrictive zoning overlays to better protect the natural features of the site. If necessary, the Hamlet Study Plan should be updated to reflect current conditions. PLEASE SEND YOUR EMAILS directed to Town Board Members (listed below) to Bridgehamptonactionnow@gmail.com, and we will hand deliver these email to be sure they are read.   This petition along with personal letters to the following board members will help us to Victory. CONTRIBUTIONS-in order for us to claim victory, we must see this through to the end with legal counsel, environmental and planning engineers. Checks are payable to Bridgehampton Action Now. Please send your contribution to Bridgehampton Action Now  P.O. Box 1245,  Bridgehampton, N.Y. 11932-1245.   Thank you again for all your support. We CAN and WILL make the difference Letters directed to-          Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman-jschneiderman@southamptontownny.gov          Board Member John Bouvier-  jbouvier@southamptontownny.gov          Board Member Julie  Lofstad- jlofstad@southamptontownny.gov           Board Member  Stan Glinka- sglinka@southamptontownny.gov           Board Member  Christina Scalera-cscalera@southamptonny.gov           Town Clerk -   sschermeyer@southamptontownny.gov           Please send a copy of your letter to Bridgehamptonactionnow@gmail.com    Bridgehampton Action Now Committee (B.A.N.-a not- for- profit organization)      

B.A.N. Gateway (Bridgehampton Action Now)
1,322 supporters