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Waitsfield, VT 05673

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To The Editor:

I know what it’s like to work two years or more and not have things work out as I thought they should. Often we’ll give people advice on what it takes to sell a property in this market. We’ll even offer to pay for half of an appraisal to get an unbiased decision, but people won’t spend their own money to do that. We’ll market and spend our hard earned money and part of our life, to the cause of someone selling their house. Then two years pass, they don’t reduce their price, it doesn’t sell. Then they list with someone else at or below the price we suggested, and it sells in one month, so I can sincerely empathize with the supporters of the town offices. However, I can’t force something on my clients. That’s when I have to take a moment for self-reflection. What did I do wrong? Where did the miscommunication happen? How could I have done a better job? What things did I miss? How was I not listening to our client? I’ll take a moment to reflect.

Reflection might do us all some good with our town hall/office. The proposal brought before the town was very fine, very nice, very expensive. Did the task force find the will of the people? Why, when put to vote, did the people vote down the project? Why is it that the only solution possible is what the task force came up with? Why is it we can operate in a basement for 30 years, but the only possible solution to the problem is now very expensive? Have people ever visited town halls other than our local ones? Who was doing all the calling to get 150 signatures for a new petition? Now might be a good time for all of us to take a deep breath, take a month, certainly more than one week, and look at the problem and solutions with fresh perspective. Perhaps there is a third solution that everyone will rally behind; however, we have to be open to suggestions.My apologies, duly noted, new prices $1.3 million and $2.1 million.

Neil Johnson





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