Written by Nathan Cloud on Monday, 28 Jun 2010.
The venue for th July 20th meeting has changed from Maxim Road to the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium!
However, in case you want to keep reading...
What is this "Save The MDC Trails" organization?
They are "a group of like minded citizens with the mission to keep the MDC properties open to the public".
What's the deal?
As many of you know, the MDC is considering shutting down the West Hartford Reservoir for public recreation. Back in 2002, someone collided with a gate and succesfully sued the MDC for 2.9 millions dollars. In a legal nutshell we have this:
- The reservoir is operated by the MDC, which is a "non-profit municipal corporation"
- They are nice enough to open up their land for public use
- Some sort of legal loop hole or oversight made it so entities like the MDC are not afforded any immunities to personal injuries on their properties
- Someone was injured on MDC property, sued, and won
- The MDC, after having to pay out 2.9 million, understandably has to consider closing down their properties for public use.
At least that is my birds eye understanding of what is happening.
What needs to happen?
As stated on the Save The MDC Trails website, "We need to convince our State Legislators to close the liability loophole".
How you can help.
Lastly, drop Charlie an email and have him add your person and/or organization to the Friends page.
There is a Public Hearing on July 20, 2010!
"The Water Bureau will hold a public hearing on closing the MDC properties to recreation July 20th, 5:30pm at the Maxim Road Facility Auditorium at West Hartford Town Hall. For maximum impact we need to fill/overfill the meeting room to show how important keeping the Res open to recreational activities is to us."
For more information, visit here.
I have no idea what this West Hartford Reservoir place is!
If you ever pedaled a bike in Connecticut this is unlikely!
Easily one of the most popular Connecticut mountain biking destinations! It is a beautiful place and it would be a shame for the public to lose access to.