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Letter to the Editor: Resident Encourages a ‘No’ Vote

October 13, 2016 Government, Opinion, Referendum 3 Comments

To the Editor:

I encourage my fellow citizens in Canton to vote against the current referendum.  Yes, we need a new Town Garage, but let’s follow the vision for town development that many worked so hard to create.  Rebuilding the garage in its current location along the river is inconsistent with that vision and the wrong location.

There have been three separate studies conducted on behalf of the Town of Canton that do not support replacing the garage on the river.  The first two affirmatively support recreational use for this location on the river – Canton’s Plan of Conservation and Development and the Upper Mill Pond Development Plan.  In addition, the Town’s Permanent Municipal Building Committee argued against building the garage on the river and identified several alternative sites.

A significant amount of time and effort went into these studies before forming their recommendations and we should heed those recommendations.  Perhaps too many of us were complacent that the recommendations would be followed without our active involvement, and we were wrong.

The current site is at risk for flooding.  The plan is to create an artificial hill 1 foot above the 100 year floodplain.  This still leaves a high risk of flooding and an environmental accident.  With the large number of floods in excess of the 100 year level in the past five years, I don’t think we should take the risk that it won’t happen.

This is our only opportunity to do this right.  And we have time.  Bonding won’t happen for another year, no matter where the garage is built.  We can still save the future of the River and make it recreational.   We can build the much needed new Town Garage on an alternate location.  We just need to vote down the current referendum and refocus the efforts on a proper location.

Mark Homan 


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