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I-L seniors should consider boycotting their own graduation

To The Daily Sun,

I started going to town and school meetings when I was a in the 10th grade, 58 years ago. The most impressive part for me was that no matter who you were you get up and speak your mind. And since then, anybody that knows me, I have always spoken my mind, and over the years I have written many Letters to the Editor.

It is a shame that more people don't take advantage of one of the greatest freedoms we have as Americans.

To give a example of this freedom, two Inter-Lakes High School seniors have started a petition to allow a change in the venue for the June graduations. It is suppose to be held under a tent on a grass field in the back of Prescott Park. The students want to move it to the turf football field.

By the way, the taxpayers paid $1.5 million for a soccer field that ended up with goal posts. This field has been used for many, many good reasons by the school and the town.

The students point out that if the tent wasn't used it would save $5,000 a year.

I personally don't care what the School Board or the administration says. The Class of 2016 should be able to use the turf field. This is a day they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Here is one taxpayer that is proud of these young people for speaking out.

Anyone that knows me knows I don't like to cause problems, but has the senior class thought of boycotting the graduation if the School Board and administration doesn't comply with request? Just saying.

L. Michael Hatch

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Taxpayers shouldn't be paying for a paved road a company needs

To The Daily Sun,

The Town of Belmont is currently engaged in a bid process to make certain improvements to all but 2/10ths of a mile of Wareing Road beginning at the junction of Route 106. The work involves widening and rebuilding Wareing Road to better accommodate large trucks and equipment. The work also involves such things as removing some large trees, digging new ditches and new culverts to better control water runoff and 4 inches of new pavement.

The current owners of "Parents Pit" are planning to use the improved Wareing Road and Route 106 rather than Shaker Road and Main Street to Route 140. The current entrance on Shaker Road is expected to remain open. At the March 23 meeting of the Belmont Selectmen, attendees were told that there was no written agreement with the owners of "Parents Pit" to use the improved Wareing Road.

The reason for the Wareing Road project is to help address some of the traffic related to large construction equipment driving on the Main Street of town. Since the sale of "Parents Pit" on Shaker Road, there has been a noticeable increase of large truck traffic from the pit traveling up Main Street to access Route 140 west to Route 93. Belmont's beautification initiative seems to have narrowed the travel lane on Main Street bringing more attention to safety issues.

The Wareing Road project may relieve some of the large vehicle pressure on Main Street, given that Shaker Road is the primary access route to the Northfield/Canterbury area. The expenditures certainly are not going to fix the traffic problem on Main Street.

I understand that the taxpayers of Belmont could be spending over $300,000 on the Wareing Road project. If the town is able to negotiate a binding agreement with the owners of "Parents Pit" to use Wareing Road exclusively for large trucks, and the selectmen still feel this will improve the safety of Main Street, then by all means the project should move forward. However, it makes no sense to me to lay four inches of pavement on this country road. Large trucks can certainly drive on a well-built gravel road. The town road crew currently maintains and grades Wareing Road as well as the gravel section of South Road which joins Wareing Road.

If the owners of "Parents Pit" need a paved road, I don't feel the taxpayers of Belmont should fund it. Money saved could be put to better use on other roads that are higher on the Belmont Road Evaluation Report, which is available in the planning office at the Town Hall.

One last point concerns the town's longer-term needs for drinking water. If another well is considered in the Wareing Road area, a dirt road would give easier access to connect to the existing branch of the town's water system on Route 106.

Please join me at the April 4 selectmen's meeting: 5 p.m., Corner Meeting House.

Kevin Sturgeon

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