To The Daily Sun,
Last March, at the Bristol Town Meeting, an amendment to a warrant article for a $10,000, 70-foot fence was presented to the voters, reducing that appropriation to $7,000; the amendment, was defeated. The fence was to be installed on the "Mica Building" plot along the Newfound River. The "Mica" property has a long and sordid history with the Town of Bristol.
Several years ago, over $52,000 in taxpayer funds were spent to stabilize and study the possibility of procuring the building to relocate the town offices. After determining that 40 years of accumulated pigeon dung might prove to be a hazard to the health of our town employees this plan was abandoned. Then came the legal process to condemn the property and take it by tax deed. Yes, we spent thousands of dollars studying and stabilizing the property before we owned it. We also spent this money without an appropriation in the budget, a clear violation of RSA 32:8.
Subsequent to procuring the property the town applied for and obtained a Brownfields grant to demolish the property. All told, hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on this property.
The lot stands empty to this day. Several adjacent property owners recently expressed interest in purchasing this plot for various uses. It would seem that the best interest of the taxpayers would be to sell the plot return it to the tax rolls and recoup some of the tax money spent. Instead, the selectmen have decided to turn it into a pocket park, thereby ensuring that this property will be an expense to the taxpayers for years to come.
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