I am still upset over the purchase of prime conservation land by a private owner. This entire lot is a prime example of the taxpayer getting shafted. It is a linchpin in a network of trails, wetlands and very much a part of the watershed of the Little River which is a source of great flooding.
THE CITY WILL EVENTUALLY HAVE TO OWN THIS PIECE OF PROPERTY.
The argument obviously and mistakenly was made that since it’s stuck in literally the middle of no where, who cares who owns it. That’s because, regardless of what we may think; there are still property rights and with that comes liability issues. How can this network of trails be promoted if the key link is on private property? What if someone in the public breaks his leg on this ‘private’ land? How do we coordinate proper conservation of vernal pools, wildlife and watershed issues when the City has no say in this now Myette property?
WHAT REALLY ANGERS ME IS THE TAXPAYER GETTING SHAFTED ONCE AGAIN.
Originally, the Cooper North Conservation Land next door was to be an extension of the industrial park. A huge road was going to lie perpendicular heading northward – a massive bridge was going to be constructed over a very large vernal pool. On the other side would have been the Mother of all Cul de Sacs with feeder roads to various factories each with their own wetlands-hopping bridge. The City could have bought that crucial part of the Common Pasture for approximately $500,000 but instead it was sold to a private land developer and then the City had to turn around and pay approximately $1,000,000 to buy the land. (Of which we are still paying the bond payment today.) A prime example of failed political leadership and the taxpayer getting shafted.
WE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO GET THAT LAND AT THE PRICE IT WENT FOR YESTERDAY.
Even if we paid a little more, it would still be a savings for the city in benefits multiplied many times over
AND THE SHAFTING OF THE TAXPAYER IS BEING CONTEMPLATED YET AGAIN.
It is crucial that we obtain the 22-acres of Woodman Farm property. Talk is going around of, “Why don’t we just leave it alone?” For the sake of so many downstream, the City will HAVE to own it eventually. But the cost is increased traffic on Storey Avenue. Increased traffic that is going to happen anyway as soon as the 23-units at Oleo Woods are completed. Having this area zoned commercial will force the State who controls Storey Avenue to take action.
If we walk away, the taxpayer will have to pay more later at a much higher price.
LET US STOP THE SHAFTING by taking action now or face paying even more later for open space.
PS. It is this inevitability that caused Jere Myette after forking over $125K (plus taxes) to walk back down the Little River Bike Path whistling at just the thought!