Monday, July 11, 2016

“GOOD OLD BOYS” CANNOT UNDERSTAND “NO”


On July 14, 2016, there will be, yet another, meeting on changing the zoning of Route 9.  They are changing the wording from zoning to land usage but it all means the same.  Apparently, the survey and last meetings held on Route 9 where the majority of the people stated they did not want Route 9 changed was not clear enough.  Just because this was NOT the answer the Good Old Boys wanted to hear; we need another meeting to answer the same question.  Question asked and answered several times!!!!

It is unbelievable that Good Old Boys Don Fellows and Chairman Roger Bickford do not understand the word “NO”.  I do not know if it is the “N” or the “O” that is given them problems.  Can someone explain it to them so the community can move on?

This is disgraceful to have repeat meetings after meetings when the outcome has always been the same.  Why is it that the Good Old Boys continue to call for more meetings wasting residents’ time just because they did not get the answer they wanted?  The solution is very simple.  If Gina and Rick Mason want to sell used cars then Gina should ask her family for one of the numerous “Crafts” used car lots on Route 196.  Problem Solved! 

There are 23 Used Car Lots along Route 196 which is only 6 or 7 miles long.  None of these car lots add to the town’s tax base. With Route 196 full with Used Car Lots, there is absolutely no need to do the same to Route 9.  Route 9 is very scenic and the residents have invested a great deal of money in their dream homes.  The reason they reside there is because of the zoning; now the Good Old Boys want to change that for them.

No matter how you word it, the question has been asked and answer, so stop wasting every ones time and concentrate on other pressing town matters like lowering taxes.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have our taxes go down for a change?  This is not impossible if we get rid of the Good Old Boys and actually do what is needed to reduce taxes in town.

A good start is close the Communication Center and save approximately $190,000.00 tax dollars.  Cut the salaries of Department Heads until they get the needed qualifications or credentials for the job they are performing and save approximately $50,000.00 to $75,000.00 tax dollars.  These are a few examples to reduce taxes.  I am sure that Councilors can come up with more ideas of their own.


Larry Fillmore