To The Daily Sun,
By the time this letter is printed, the amendments for senior housing in Sanbornton will have already been decided. This letter, however, is to correct Mr. Whalen's statement that I had my "facts wrong again."
My info was correct! He notes that he was not noted as a member of the Planning Board in 2005. Preparing amendments for the ballot are done in the previous year. They are put together to be ready for the hearing or hearings that are required by the state statue. There is also a time frame required. So just as the current board prepared the amendments for this year in 2015 so they are on the 2016 ballot, the repeal amendment would have been prepared in 2004 and voted in March 2005.
Mr. Whalen says look in the 2005 Town Report. I say look in the 2004 report. He is listed in the front of the 2004 Town Report as chair of the board. In the board's report for 2004 it states, "In September, Chairman Purple resigned due to other commitments and William Whalen was elected chairman,...." so he was chair for the board in the period that the repeal amendment would have been being worked on.
He notes that I was one of the six members who resigned in 2004. My letter stated that. It said the six of "us" resigned. It was not and is not a secret nor am I ashamed of having done so at that time.
I must give Mr. Whalen credit for two things in his letter that are correct. I have been advocating for putting senior housing back on the books since 2005, and I called and told him so when he asked the question in one of his earlier letters. He is also correct that I should have noted that I am the current chair of the board, even though I did not represent the board in the previous letter nor am I in this one.
(We now know) whether the voters approved or disapproved. For it doesn't matter what Bill or I want, it is what do the voters want.
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