June 30, 2007

Rushing to decision on town hall land

Ever since the Town Board purchased a large chunk of land in the Village of Dryden for a new Town Hall, there have been rumors and occasional comments that it would be developed as parkland. Everyone loves recreation, but big questions about where the Town should provide it seem never to have gotten a careful look.

The Town leaped without looking on Wednesday, voting to apply for a grant for matching funds to develop the Town Hall area - outside of the wetlands - as playing fields. No inventory of existing facilities ever got completed, the public input proposed last year never seems to have happened, and it doesn't sound like the Board was interested in the park system proposed by the Comprehensive Plan.

I'm afraid I missed both the part of the Town Board meeting where this was discussed and the special meeting they had last Wednesday where the Board approved it 3-2, but you can find out a lot more about it from Mary Ann Sumner and David Makar, who voted against it for reasons that sound somewhat different.

Posted by simon at June 30, 2007 8:29 PM in , ,
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Dave said:

I would have loved to have had more input from people all over town on this divided 3-2 decision. If anyone out there lives in Dryden and has thoughts on this issue, please feel free to comment or contact me directly. I would like to hear what you have to say.