~ Submitted by David Radlo
Two years ago, the town in attempt to pave sidewalks did approximately $5 to 10K worth of damage on my property. Thereafter, a member of the town’s senior leadership lobbied me to vote yes on removing 4 football fields+ of trees and paving a 22-foot bike extension said “It’s so much money David (referring to the $11M State Money as part of the project), we have to take it the way the State wants it” that unfortunately destroys values of personal property and business as well as nature for a paved bike-path extension. Abutting Land-Owners and businesses have testified publicly and/or written about $millions$ in projected damages starting immediately after passage stemming from land taken from homeowners from Railroad Ave to past the Pre-school on Rte. 62. In a public forum, Town Council recommended to landowners to seek lawyers on the town’s extraordinarily puzzlingly Eminent Domain offer (and free 4-year land borrowing). Many residents realized as a Professional Real Estate Expert and owner testified publicly that upon passage many overall total values will be changed overnight down to “fire-sale prices” due to the vast land and important locations taken, tree removal, paving, and projected noise, pain, and construction damages.
Would you like to own a home where trees are eliminated and a paved 22 Foot public Bike Freeway is being constructed in your front yard or back, parking lot and/or driveway? How much would you pay for it? In addition, the borrowed land portion is free for years, will be returned in whatever condition the town and state choose perhaps similar to my property with the sidewalks. Businesses have noted the heavy likely damages not only to property but liabilities due to business loss, increased operational costs, and potential harmful occupational safety (OSHA) effects on employees, and dangerous effects to children. And what is the town’s reserve on millions in Projected Community Damages?
Visit and see the Forest instead of Chopping down Green Trees for “Free Money.” Vote “No” on Eminent Domain Article 10 November 14/15.