To The Daily Sun,
As a resident of Meredith for 13years, I must voice my thoughts and feelings about the three proposed roundabouts. On Monday December 15th, there is a workshop at 4:15, followed by the regular scheduled Selectboard meeting at 5 p.m. — location is the Community Center. I encourage the people of Meredith to come, listen, and voice their concerns! If you are unable to come, please call the Selectboard members, talk to them, or maybe write a letter with your thoughts. It is our town and We the People should be deciding this important change to our town. Most folks I talk to are against this project!
I am against this multi-million dollar adventure. I do not want the antiquity of our town changed again! A lot of our character as a town has been relinquished to the restaurant business. The more development, the more impersonal the town traits and features become. Do the good town folks really want this change? We are a nice town right now! The whole project reminds me of the game "Candyland"...I use to play with my grandchildren — a board of circles and lines, making anyone feel like they are in seclusion. The town will be surrounded and shut in everywhere one goes! Millions of dollars to defeat traffic congestion and only for eight weeks out of the year. It seems to me a policeman could accomplish this same feat. We need a new Meredith Neck Road, this road is heavily traveled all year round by many of our residents and businesses! This road has needed repair for years! I have spoken with Joe Kenney, our Executive Council representative and he is looking into when it was paved properly. The roundabouts are not a necessity!
I travel Pleasant St. on a daily basis and the safety cones that are in place during the summer months are sufficient. Phil Warren has such good ideas. I really find myself comfortable and safe exiting Pleasant St. I certainly agree with Phil about the fire truck, plus EMS travels could be hampered by three roundabouts, and very dangerous. I can't imagine either vehicle going around three at the speed they travel, certainly a risk for everyone! I think improved signalization is the most cost effective decision. I also think Ingrid Smith from Center Harbor idea was very good; he stated he had directions that would include a usable by-pass. Coming from Route 104 to Winona Road to Waukewan Road, and continue past the golf course to Route 3. Then if motorists want to reach Route 25, they simply cross Route 3 and take Keyser Road until they come to Route 25 and continue east. Ingrid Smith called the directions, the "Meredith Scenic By-Pass!"
Mr. McCarthy, who is being contracted by the state Department of Transportation said 'there's concern there will still be congestion after construction is finished." Is this common sense? I would say not! I repeat a multi-million dollar project is not a necessity!