New Fairfield historic houses in need of a bridge

Across the stream from the brand new Senior Center they sit, giant relics of the past, the Hubbell House and the Parsonage House. Full Story
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Timerman

East Chatham, NY

#1 Jul 19, 2009
Those empty "historic houses" represent the incompetence of John Hodge who rushes into things he claims will be "free" and then messes it all up.

The News-Times got this story wrong. The town of NF has paid a bloody fortune for this project. The bridge was purchased by Mr Hodge for a permanent bridge. Bad planning as usual caught up with Hodge and the state forced him to take the bridge down and sell it for a sacrifice.

Now Hodge has no money for the bridge.

The real story is the NF wasted a ton of money and four years later those old houses are an eyesore. There's no written plan, by the was, for usage. The "lease" is a joke meant to cover up the ugly truth: this project has been an expensive failure.
Reader

AOL

#2 Jul 19, 2009
"The smaller bridge had to be removed after a resident pointed out it was blocking the flood plain for the brook. "

Nice little spin.....the truth is that the bridge would not have been removed if it hadn't been illegally installed. The way it was reported implies that the removal of the bridge was the "fault" of a town resident instead of a loose cannon of a 1st Selectman who never bothered to do it the right way. If the "blame" for this lengthy delay belongs anywhere, it belongs with John Hodge. Had he followed the proper protocol it would very likely have resulted in some sort of legal means of access around the same time the senior center opened.
Out The Door

Oxford, CT

#3 Jul 19, 2009
This was one of the the many HODGE screwups with Chapman shaking her head like a bobble head to everything he says. Adhering to the belief ;
If you tell stupid people a lie enough times they will start to believe it.
HappyInYourBackY ard

Oxford, CT

#4 Jul 19, 2009
If you cannot convince them, confuse them, the doctrine of John Hodge.

Since: Dec 08

Jackson, TN

#5 Jul 19, 2009
And Barnums theory comes true again... there's a sucker born every minute. Problem is most of them are in NF>
HappyInYourBackY ard

Oxford, CT

#6 Jul 19, 2009
Sometimes a majority only means that all the fools are on the same side, like the RNC backing John Hodge.
HappyInYourBackY ard

Oxford, CT

#7 Jul 19, 2009
Is John Hodge certifiable to continue this charade that all is well and more tax money should be applied to his pet projects like a bridge to no where?
Even Mr. Waterman said what is now a rosy picture could change in the new fiscal year. "Maybe it didn't catch up with us yet," he said, referring to the current economic woes on Thursday, July 9 at Board of Selectmen Regular Meeting.
Mr. Hodge then keeps referring to the surpluses in the State of the Town Address; "Our financial condition is robust, and quite frankly, flies in the face of what is occurring across the state and across the country.”
Waterman also said “much of the surplus we do have resulted from higher-than-anticipated state revenues for special education reimbursement and from the resolution of a legal case involving a construction project at the police station.” This totally backfires in Mr. Waterman’s face with the above statement, meaning we need this money to stay put. These monies should go to special education for the schools and the police station, or maybe a “catch up” year.
How is our town being run? Experience is the name that everyone gives to his or her mistakes, John Hodge need not apply. New Fairfield town’s people contrary to popular belief are struggling. If we vote for the John Hodge ticket again this too will surly fly in the face of many and the damage will be horrendous.
“There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics” John Hodge has given us all three. Now ask yourself do you really want more of the same?(A favorite line in the RNC recycle bin)
We want honesty, truth and the facts, which stands for NO MORE HODGE!

Vote NO to Hodge/Chapman, think about your taxes. How much more can you really afford?
No more Hoge

Matthews, NC

#8 Jul 20, 2009
Vote No to The Clown and The Puppet
2tru2blyin

AOL

#9 Jul 20, 2009
shouldn't someone correct the writer of the article and make them print a correction of the real reason the bridge came down?
Fabrication

Oxford, CT

#10 Jul 20, 2009
This was the greatest fraud perpetuated against this town in all my years. Hog is to Blame.
Sam

New Haven, CT

#11 Jul 20, 2009
HappyInYourBackYard wrote:
If you cannot convince them, confuse them, the doctrine of John Hodge.
That what Finch and Rell does. Sent both crooks to jail.
HappyInYourBackY ard

Oxford, CT

#12 Jul 20, 2009
Sam wrote:
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That what Finch and Rell does. Sent both crooks to jail.
This of course begs the question, "Why would you pour water into an ocean?"
You wouldn't. You would stop doing that, if you really thought about it. Really, you probably wouldn't even start. But we did it anyway, because we were going to have deal with John Hodges bad long term decisions with "vigorous oversight."
And now we know what that means: periodic reports providing details on how the things you didn't want to happen, happened.
John Hodge needs to provide these details on every venture he has signed and contracted on. Transparency on all accounts...its time for the onslaught to start.
LoveNF

New Fairfield, CT

#13 Jul 21, 2009
I am really looking forward to seeing what the preservation group is going to do with the museums. It will be great to have a place to visit on weekends with the kids.

I understood that the bridge was taken out because an ignorant resident went to Hartford, posing as an official, and caused a ruckus. I think Hodge is doing a great job and I'll be glad to see him continue to move things forward in our town.
Reader

AOL

#14 Jul 21, 2009
LoveNF wrote:
I am really looking forward to seeing what the preservation group is going to do with the museums. It will be great to have a place to visit on weekends with the kids.
I understood that the bridge was taken out because an ignorant resident went to Hartford, posing as an official, and caused a ruckus. I think Hodge is doing a great job and I'll be glad to see him continue to move things forward in our town.
There you are! I always wondered who was the quintessential "buyer" in the bridge to sell transactions that everyone uses to poke fun at gullible people. Do you really think anyone could pose as an official and lie to the state to get the bridge removed? Wow, are we sure Jay Leno isn't in town, he would have loved to interview you. I don't know for a fact how the state came to examine the placement of the bridge but they obviously decided it wasn't legal. It is amazing that there is anyone left who even believes the Hodge version.
HappyinNewFairfi eld

Southbury, CT

#15 Jul 21, 2009
Reader wrote:
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There you are! I always wondered who was the quintessential "buyer" in the bridge to sell transactions that everyone uses to poke fun at gullible people. Do you really think anyone could pose as an official and lie to the state to get the bridge removed? Wow, are we sure Jay Leno isn't in town, he would have loved to interview you. I don't know for a fact how the state came to examine the placement of the bridge but they obviously decided it wasn't legal. It is amazing that there is anyone left who even believes the Hodge version.
One of these days someone is going to exercise their Freedom of Information rights and ask the key agencies in Hartford for copies of all the correspondence and notes of conversations that took place between residents of the town and those agencies regarding the Historic Houses and the Senior Center. Perhaps some of the more interesting items will be published.
NO WAY

Oxford, CT

#16 Jul 21, 2009
LoveNF wrote:
I am really looking forward to seeing what the preservation group is going to do with the museums. It will be great to have a place to visit on weekends with the kids.
I understood that the bridge was taken out because an ignorant resident went to Hartford, posing as an official, and caused a ruckus. I think Hodge is doing a great job and I'll be glad to see him continue to move things forward in our town.
Why were they not arrested for impersonating and official then? You would be charged with violation of 18 USC 912, Impersonation of a Government Official. I've checked and see no such charges that include a person from New Fairfield going to Hartford with this particular case.
Leave the absurd to your town officials and stop writing inaccurate accounts of information.
Lies

Oxford, CT

#17 Jul 21, 2009
LoveNF wrote:
I am really looking forward to seeing what the preservation group is going to do with the museums. It will be great to have a place to visit on weekends with the kids.
I understood that the bridge was taken out because an ignorant resident went to Hartford, posing as an official, and caused a ruckus. I think Hodge is doing a great job and I'll be glad to see him continue to move things forward in our town.
This is a lie, here is the only account we could find of this http://
www.nhregister.com/articles/2009/07/06/blotte...
What a bunch of pure garbage, as for moving things forward that depends of your vision with a town bankruptcy for more individuals then less.
oldtyme

AOL

#18 Jul 21, 2009
I say set the houses on fire and let the fire department use them for training
Laughing Gal

Southbury, CT

#19 Jul 21, 2009
Lies wrote:
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This is a lie, here is the only account we could find of this http://
www.nhregister.com/articles/2009/07/06/blotte...
What a bunch of pure garbage, as for moving things forward that depends of your vision with a town bankruptcy for more individuals then less.
Actually its true and has happened several times on several different issues. Sadly, Hodge is too much of a gentleman to even state the name of the citizen or blogger who have been doing this.
Hmmm

Oxford, CT

#20 Jul 21, 2009
Laughing Gal wrote:
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Actually its true and has happened several times on several different issues. Sadly, Hodge is too much of a gentleman to even state the name of the citizen or blogger who have been doing this.
"who have been doing this" First check your grammar then check your lies.

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