I want to thank the board, especially Mr. (Robert) Plamondon, for allowing those of us who are opposed to the proposed Rail Trail to express our many concerns at the Oct. 23 meeting regarding the construction of this wooded path.
I believe he understands that we care about the river, land, displaced wildlife, increased traffic, our homes, taxes, property values, contaminated soil, safety, vandalism and, most of all, our neighbors that are in the direct path of this project.
Sometimes it's hard to express all of the concerns when the room is stacked with people who are not thinking outside their bubble and feel like they are being "held hostage" by those of us who have thought very long and hard about all the potential problems and realities.
Also, the folks who thought they should not live with "threats." Remember that we have had several murders in this town, a missing teenager and several fatalities, both pedestrian and motor vehicle, on Route 119. I was on the Townsend Police Ambulance for almost 10 years and I am an RN who worked in an ER and I can tell you about man's inhumanity to man. These concerns are reality, not "threats," but facts we have to acknowledge outside of that bubble some people live in. Some parts of the trail are very deep in the woods and quite secluded where cell service is questionable. Also, the area will be serviced by our police and fire but will they now need new equipment to reach anyone in distress?
And finally, are we sure that signing a letter of support does not obligate the town in any way financially, considering the hundreds of thousands of dollars this project will take to complete? And why does Groton have a say?
I can assure you that all information is not up front and clear. However, what is clear is that some of the board did not and does not care about anything pertaining to these concerns as the statement went "why have a meeting, what difference will it make to the outcome?" Well, I guess you were right. It didn't make a difference because no on except Mr. Plamondon took the time to really listen and acknowledge that there may be unforeseen consequences to their signature on a support letter. Maybe they should have done all their homework first.
And, just for the record, as an abutter, I have NEVER been contacted by the Rail Trail Committee.
SHEILA R. MURPHY