October 15, 2013

Mr. Juan Torrealba Cesar Batalla Elementary School President, Parent Advisory Council 606 Howard Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06605 Dear Mr. Torrealba: After hearing such strong concerns from the parents, we have decided to seek alternate sites in the city for the indoor shooting range, and all potential new sites will be in non-residential areas away from school buildings. When the proposal was first presented, I had a lot of questions about the safety and security of this location all of which were addressed. At the outset, I instructed our Police Department to reach out to the West Side community to gather consensus early in the process. The police met with neighborhood stakeholders – residents and business owners – and received a lot of positive feedback about the project. The police department should have reached out to parents sooner. I will do everything I can to make sure that such oversight will never happen again. While I have been assured by construction experts and our police department that this would be the safest facility of its kind, and while I believe it would be a benefit to the neighborhood with an increased police presence; as a parent, I understand your concerns and the concerns of the my fellow parents, about the safety of their children. We are not moving forward with the construction of an indoor shooting range at the West Side Precinct. We have decided to seek alternate sites for the indoor shooting range, and all potential new sites will be in non-residential areas away from school buildings. I look forward to continuing to work with you. If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at (203) 576-7201. Sincerely,

Bill Finch Mayor

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful