Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Voters to speak out on town initiative

The Springfield Select Board is taking its fight against blight to town meeting voters. Residents will be asked whether they want to create a fund for the purpose of covering the costs of current and future plans for the revitalization and redevelopment of the town, with a special focus on the downtown area.    


  1. It seems to me that the VNA and the bakery are two of the better looking buildings downtown. I believe it would be money better spent to address the plywood palace and the dive apartments on River st., which do nothing but attract drugs and crime. Now THERE'S an eyesore!

  2. So we currently contribute to Springfield On the Move & SRDC in the town budget, I think to the tune of about $50,000 for development and revitalization and now they want to create another entity within the town to do this with another $100,000 are they kidding me.

    1. Good point 10:43 Springfield suffers from horribly incompetent management. Management that refuses to make hard decisions and defers responsibility. The eyesores mentioned, specifically that drug dens on River Street is a liability to every resident. Meanwhile slumlords reap tens of thousands in government funds. Hell, the town recently prevailed in the Bishop case and his contribution to Springfield's charm is still standing.

      Residents have only one recourse, and that's a protest vote against the town budget in March.

  3. Tar the roofs and call it done, just like the bryant building.

  4. Amen 5:56! The problem isn't just with wavering selectmen; we have a planning commission that has allowed so-called developers to carve many single family residences into multiple apartment units. Springfield's drug and dependency problems can be directly traced to this.


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