To The Daily Sun,
I am writing this letter because of the decisions our town fathers made regarding the Belmont Mill. There are a lots of professionals in our town, and so you would think that the town fathers would reach out to them to get some kind of consensus as to how to approach the mill problem. I am happy to say that Donna Hepp has come up with a logical solution: Study all the buildings first before you put articles in the warrant.
I have read Article 6, 7, and 8 and I will be voting "No" on all three articles until the study on all the town-owned buildings is completed. I would recommend that we all vote "No" on those three articles.
As far as the Municipal Facilities Capitol Reserve is concerned (Article 26), they had $500,000 in that fund two years ago and they were asking the taxpayers for an additional $125,000 that was voted down. Now they have $428,646 and they are asking for another $50,000. I am asking myself where was the $71,354 dollars spent? Why would you need an additional $50,000 when you already have $428,646 that sits in the reserve for years and earns little to no interest? The additional $50,000 in my opinion is a bad investment I will vote "No."
I have, for the past 17 years, brought the very important question of protecting our water supply by removing the industrial zoning designation over the aquifer and find another location for industrial development in our town. At the present time we have eight potential pollution sites that have been approved by the town Planning Board and some by the state of New Hampshire. They are all on top of our water supply (the aquifer).
Furthermore, we as a town are required to produce a Master Plan every 10 years. Who is working on that? We have no growth plan, so anybody with deep pockets can come to Belmont and buy a large parcel of land and put up lots of houses. Then your taxes will skyrocket. I introduced a warrant article on the issue of a growth plan a few years ago and it received a majority vote but was summarily dismissed by the Planning Board.
These issues I am discussing are nothing new I have brought them up many times in the past. It is more successful to anticipate a problem than to react to a problem. Planning ahead is cheaper and better than not planning at all.
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