Friday, October 23, 2015

Springfield Select Board puts focus on downtown

Revitalizing downtown Springfield was the top priority of members of the Springfield Select Board during a discussion Wednesday about goals the board wanted to tackle.
http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20151023/NEWS02/151029719

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  1. You know that's a real nice picture. The town looks really good from that angle. Now let's work on the ground level.

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    1. Not holding my breath, I feel certain that the Selectboard will come up with enough reasons why they can't do anything that they won't do anything except talk about the reasons why they can't do anything and then forget they ever had the notion to try and do anything in the first place. Look at the struggle to get buildings torn down, only a couple of the Selectboard members are even still pushing.

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  2. Like a forlorn mother elephant prodding its long dead and rotting calf, the select board refuses to acknowledge Springfield's plight. For years the Selectboard allowed Springfield Housing Authority to expand low income housing until the parasites that infect it achieved critical mass. Now, Springfield has a majority demographic that economically prohibits prosperity, be it retail trade or skilled manufacturing. Even our school system suffers the associated blight evidenced by shameful NECAP scores. And what does the Selectboard do to curtail this rot, it condones the Housing Authority's recent purchase of the Woolson Block to add even more parasites smack dab in the middle of town!

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    1. I must agree that the plans for the Woolson Block represent a huge lack of judgement. I feel powerless to stop it however. Anyone got any ideas?

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    2. I thought they just bought it at Tax Sale. Doesn't that mean the owner has a year to redeem it. Also, thought the idea was to evict the Section 8 and replace with Housing Authority, they are different aren't they?

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    3. My understanding is that it is going to be housing for unwed mother-father/addict/behavior challenged teen types with some sort of "program" to enable them. Off the grand list,of course. Anyone,please correct me if I am wrong.

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    4. My understanding is that it is going to be housing for unwed mother-father/addict/behavior challenged type teens with some sort of "program" to further enable them. Off the grand list, of course. Anyone, if I am wrong, please correct me.

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    5. The select board can have all of the conferences they want at the Hartness House; the reality is what has happened to Springfield over the past 25 years beginning with the sellout to the State of Vermont for a paltry $3MM and the town's acquiescence to a population of freeloading renters who have NO stake in this town or its future. If there is a way to "plan" ourselves out of our current situation, let's hear from other people on this blog!

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  3. Been trying to make sense of this picture. Where is that four corners that is shown in the photograph?

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    1. The one corner is where the smokers hang out.
      The other is where the dealers hang out.
      The other is where the buyers hang out.
      And last but not least is the one where the SFPD, hangs out.

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  4. Well, honestly, the parasites have been there for the last 30 years.

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  5. The slim oozing out of the prison, which was also brought into town in the name of vast riches and economic prosperity, will fill the Woolson Block with Section 8 housing. I've been away since 1976, and each I return to visit the rotting corpse of a town the signs of decay continue to get worse and worse.

    The one bright spot I thought was the conversion of the Gear Shaper. But no, nothing can continue to expand there as they have found the rest of everything that is there is saturated in toxic cutting oil. Yes the rest of that vast unused portion is a super fund toxic waste dump along with the J&L and Bryant Grinder. Until the toxic machine tool industry waste dump is cleaned up, Springfield will remain a dead town for another 50 years. Springfield On the Move - isn't.

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  6. Just how toxic is cutting oil? I - and many of my coworkers - were intermittently slathered in cutting oil during our careers at Bryant. I am now 78, and still sort of operational. Have the Feds gone overboard?

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    1. State Fire Inspector hasn't helped the process much, but had heard they ran in to some asbestos issues.

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  7. Bob. The studys show you that if you drop your smartphone in the (toxic ) oil you may become temporally disconnected from planet earth. Your smartphone might need servicing. Hence the delay in filling the spaces in the old (new) fellows building. However if you enter the building without your phone you should be ok.

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