To The Daily Sun,
We learned the consultant for the proposed Meredith roundabouts had designed enough width for emergency vehicles to pass in the event of a traffic accident in the area. We learned there are planned emergency vehicle turns through the median barriers. What if a pedestrian is inside the barrier?
We learned the dividers mean that the entire area will allow right turns only. We learned that no one knew what impact having people from the bank, the shopping center and other businesses in the area, having to travel to the next available roundabout in order to reverse their direction of travel would add to the traffic burden.
We learned that it was assumed that the business in the area will not be impacted by the change in the traffic pattern. We learned that Manchester, Vt., has two roundabout systems, which the presenter stated they love. We learned the local administration in Manchester, Vt., would not talk with the Meredith town manager about it.
We learned that the project will cost $5 million for construction only. We learned that there will be additional land acquisition costs. We learned we do not know what those costs are? We learned the "town will not be contributing to these costs."
We learned the committee believes the money will all come from the federal and state governments and apparently we don't pay taxes to those organizations. We learned that the committee believes local property taxes will not go up as a result of the project?
I recommend that everyone do your homework on this project. The presenters stated: road project construction is scheduled to take place in 2017 and 2018, the project will not solve the congestion issue, the proposal will beautify the area, and there will be over $5 million spent, but it will not cost you anything. The inference is government is giving free money which we can either take or reject. Kind of makes you wonder where they get their money, doesn't it?
You are encouraged to go to the public hearing on Jan. 26 and find out what's going to happen to you, the taxpayer. It would be better if you did a little homework and can lend an informed voice to the discussion.
The video of the Dec.15 presentation can be viewed at granitegrok.com. Information about the project site is available at Meredith 3-25.com.