To The Editor:
I'd like to voice my support for the wastewater plan set forth in last week’s Valley Reporter. Seems to me that everyone wins: Landowners (BOTH homeowners and business folks) have a need for septic solutions (full disclosure, I'm one of the latter). The watershed is a resource whose protection benefits us all. The taxpayers have a bill left over from the failed Big Pipe system design.
How does it work? It appears to me that the town will sponsor a program (via a grant) that will make LOANS available to folks. These folks pay the loans back and the town takes that money and pays down a $672,000 debt that we were on the hook for anyway. The landowners will be responsible for doing the work and the town will avoid the long-term maintenance liabilities that a city-sized Big Pipe would have saddled us and our kids with.
The septic solution is "right sized" for our users and town growth aspirations. It was painful and expensive to go through the process of ditching the big pipe solution, but I believe we ended up with a better solution in the end. And now we have a chance to get what we need as a community and eliminate a looming debt in the process. There are some hoops and hurdles to get through, but I believe the townspeople should support this proposal.