Five Things: Hearing Set to Discuss Question on Purchasing Development Rights, Open Space

Baseball standout being promoted and a clothing donation bin are just some of the stories affecting the residents of Rocky Hill.


The daily five items that Rocky Hill residents need to know for Tuesday, Aug. 7.

What's the Weather?

The National Weather Service predicts a mostly, cloudy day with a high near 85 and a low around 67. 

Hearing Set to Discuss Possibility of Purchasing Development Rights, Open Space Acquisition 

The Rocky Hill Town Council set a public hearing for later this month to discuss adding a question to the November ballot that would allow the town to

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If the question is approved by voters, the town would be able buy land outright for the purpose of leaving it as open space. The town could also purchase the developmental rights to a farm, which would allow the farmer to continue owning and farming the land. However, it would also prevent the land from ever being developed into homes.

At previous meetings, there was some heated discussions about how much money the council could consider possibly borrow up to. Some councilors wanted the town to request up to $20 million to prevent the council from coming back to the voters for more money. Others said $5 million would be enough following the . After the hearing, councilors can reduce the amount of money budgeted in the question, however they cannot increase the amount. 

The public hearing will at 6:30 p.m. inside the council chambers at . Anyone is welcome to attend. The council will hold a meeting directly following the hearing where it is expected that the councilors will take action on the proposed question.     

Former Rocky Hill Baseball Star Makes Triple A Club

Former standout was promoted on Saturday to the Norfolk Tides, which is the Triple A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

Egan pitched three scoreless innings against the Columbus Clippers in the 1-0 loss. He allowed no hits and struck out two batters.

"This is the opportunity he was looking for," said father Pete Egan in an email to Patch Monday morning. The relief pitcher has 1.60 ERA so far this season with three wins and 41 strikeouts.

Egan's little league team in Rocky Hill is still the only boys team to play in the state finals in 1997.

Foodshare Truck in Rocky Hill Got Special Guest

State Sen. Paul Doyle joined volunteers from the Foodshare Inc. and who distributed fresh fruits and vegetables to disadvantaged citizens this weekend at

A distribution will also occur on Aug. 17 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. For more information, call the Oasis Church at 860.529.0701 or Foodshare at 860-286-9999.

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Donate Gently Used Clothes and Shoes

has setup a Kiducation bin in town to collect gently used clothes and shoes.

Anyone who donates items is eligible to receive a tax benefit.

The bin is located at 154 New Britain Ave. and anyone who donates is asked to enter the plaza directly across from Hayes Road to drop off items.

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