To The Daily Sun,
I started a petition against the three proposed roundabouts in the People's town of Meredith. I was standing in front of the Post Office in the cold for many days, plus I was at the Waste Management Center. I have met many concerned citizens and instantly developed a spiritual friendship. I did a lot of listening and to my surprise many folks were not informed about the issue and information was scarce.
Why were the good folks of Meredith uninformed? Now the meetings were held for nine months at 3 to 5 p.m., two hours per session. There was no public hearing for nine months. Why not televise the sessions for the people of Meredith? The people would be well informed about this issue. Families are busy with their children, jobs, driving their children here there and everywhere. I certainly understand the family life. Not long ago, that life belonged to me!
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) objective policy states that the public should have extensive public hearings and opportunities for comment regarding the effects of any proposals. Why didn't this happen?
I have read the minutes of the advisory meeting material, it took me four hours to absorb and then pick out the main points. There was limited readable dialogue, but here are the main points from Gene McCarthy, NHDOT.
— Police manage traffic flow and have done this for years effectively.
— Single-lane roundabouts do not perform as well as present signal configuration. Single-lane roundabouts make congestion worse.
Gene McCarthy recognizes that single lane roundy-rounds would fail during peak periods. Gene advised that a single-lane roundabout would not provide as much capacity as the current signalization and characterized performance as "poor." Failure would occur for significant periods of the year.
Gene McCarthy also said that single-lane roundabouts have insufficient capacity to handle peak demands and would create congestion. Single-lane roundabouts result in significant backup during peak periods.
Pleasant Street and Lake Street roundabouts represent new delays and associated queuing.
After reading all the material, I cannot understand a "Yes" vote for this project. I would vote "No," and would like further investigations done. There are many obstacles to consider. Safety is first and the Fire Department input is vital for the health and well-being of We the People. Actually I asked to be on the committee, but I was told they already had nine, plus Rusty McLear as an alternate. I really think Rusty McLear had a conflict of interest and he should have been excluded. He has vested interest in properties.
Gene McCarthy stated on several occasions at the Dec. 15 public hearing, that if the people of Meredith do not want this roundabout proposal, the State of New Hampshire will not force it upon them.
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