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Lack of transparency

To The Editor:

I am not an investigative reporter by any means, but it seems to me this is a last-minute change in VTrans’ plans for the rebuilding and the improvement of Route 100 from Waitsfield to Warren, and we were led to believe the improvement would be a whole lot more than a new improved surface to drive on but also the most important government (taxpayer) paid for addition to our lifestyle and The Valley's economy.

The last-minute timing of the release of the plans and statements by VTrans that they will only build a road with a shoulder two feet, seven inches wide (not even the stated three feet) and putting the people of The Valley in the position that to not accept their plans would set back the project (which they obviously had 20 years to plan) turns the past meetings and statements and even drawings from VTrans into a fraud and complete lack of transparency.

Why the agency is placing itself in an apparent adversarial relationship with the taxpayers, I have no idea. VTrans knows that the Mad River Valley and most of what the whole state sells is natural beauty and lifestyle. When we the taxpayers spend millions, we must insist that all our agencies spend our money to improve lifestyle, safety and economy.

Michael Sharkey

Waitsfield

 

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