|Governor Malloy signing the bill as (left to right) Senator Robert Kane, Commissioner Macy, Commissioner Reviczky, Representative O'Neill and First Selectman Ed Edelson look on.|
Southbury (CT) –Governor Dannel P. Malloy joined by Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Commissioner Terrence W. Macy, Ph.D. and Department of Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky signed into law a legislative bill conveying approximately 800 acres of farmland at the Southbury Training School (STS) to the Department of Agriculture. The bill, H.B. No. 6542 Public Act 13-90 protects agricultural lands for agricultural use.
“This agricultural land is a beautiful gem in our state which we should preserve forever as farmland,” said Governor Malloy. “The scenic area is a unique treasure with the ability to produce Connecticut grown products.”
|(left to right)Southbury First Selectman Ed Edelson, Secretary of Office of Policy and Managment Ben Barnes, Commissioner Reviczky and Commissioner Macy|
The bill signing was celebrated at the once thriving dairy farm located in Southbury and Roxbury. The property was acquired in the early 1940’s and was part of a program for individuals with intellectual disability who lived at STS. Years ago, the property was used as a dairy farm and acres and acres of fields for farming.
Today, a small portion of the land will remain with STS because they continue to operate a chicken and Christmas tree farm.
“I’d like to thank Governor Malloy for his leadership on this legislation, as well as Commissioner Reviczky and his staff, Representative O’Neill and others who all worked hard over the last several months to make this legislation possible,” said Commissioner Macy. “Connecticut has made a great decision, by transferring the stewardship of this outstanding property to a state agency that is best suited to promote its preservation and conservation.”
Under the new Public Act, the Commissioner of Agriculture has the authority to lease any portion of the farmland to one or more people for the purpose of farming.
For more information about the Public Act please visit the Connecticut General Assembly website at www.cga.ct.gov
|DDS Commissioner Macy (left) and Agriculture Commissioner Reviczky (right|