Well, well, well. The good news about the Salisbury Affordable Housing Commission and Women’s Institute just keeps getting better and better! On top of that, we can always be guaranteed the town will be the last to know what is being cooked and served up next.
Here is the latest news flash from Mike Flint’s blog, www.thecuriouscitizen.com for the reading pleasure of everyone in Salisbury, and especially Lakeville. A 32 Unit Affordable Housing plan dubbed the more palatable “workforce housing.” Isn’t it interesting that the Women’s Institute thought the information newsworthy enough for its Newsletter to all its supporters and donors, but not quite newsworthy enough for the Lakeville Journal and/or the Waterbury Republican to notify the citizens of Salisbury? The Curious Citizen blog provides a link to the WI announcement on page 5 of their Press Kit.
One has to wonder if and when our local Affordable Housing heroes Jim Dresser, Bob Riva and Jocelyn Ayer got their copies of the WI Newsletter/Press Kit, or if they were given any heads-up whatsoever. Either way, the next question has to be whether or not Curtis Rand was alerted by any of the above people or the WI, and if so, when did he get the message? Then one needs to ask when any of them intended to tell the town.
Heavens! What am I thinking of? This is none of our business. The sale of real estate in Salisbury to the WI for Affordable Housing, facilitated by the SAHC in the interest of preserving and increasing available affordable housing in our bucolic, pastoral little New England village, is a private transaction and none of our business. Nonetheless, I have no doubt some of our citizens are going to be asking exactly where this dream project is going to be erected.
Could it be the St Mary Church property between Perry Street and Wells Hill Rd, with access at the top end of Perry Street? Might it be the Luke-Fitting property originally purchased exclusively for a new, modern, quiet and well-screened Transfer Station but fast becoming a target of the SAHC the past two years? Heck, since Curtis Rand has abandoned the plan for a modern transfer station and started pushing another minimalist, noisy mud-hole limiting our capability to properly separate and sell our recyclables so that we do a better job taking care of the environment while saving money, the town doesn’t need more than a couple acres of the Luke-Fitting land after all!
Why did we buy those two parcels for 2.2 million taxpayer dollars so many years ago? What was the precise wording of the question voted upon at Town Meeting that authorized the expenditure of all those funds to buy the Luke-Fitting property? If memory serves me correctly, it only authorized the building of the new Transfer Station, and the sale of the Luke and Fitting homes on small parcels to offset the cost to the town if they were not needed for the construction site.
And then there is the Wake Robin Inn property between Rt 41 and Wells Hill Road that is currently for sale. Perhaps it is big enough that the Inn could be converted into apartments and the motel styled out building converted as well, if not totally razed and replaced. The possibilities seem endless. Perhaps someone should start a betting pool as to which location is the most likely for the importation of any where between at least 64 to 128 more people in Lakeville.
By my modest calculations that should mean at least 32 to 64 more children in the school system, which would require two to four more classrooms of students, each staffed with a teacher and probably an aide, all in one fell swoop. Of course, if family size runs more like three or four children then the calculations of the consequences to our schools will be even more daunting. There goes the mill rate in Salisbury.
It will be very interesting to see and hear what Curtis Rand has to say about this plan, especially once we know where it is supposed to be built. He has been adamantly opposed to Bruce Palmer’s sensible and modest plan for between 6-10 units on Palmer’s property along Farnum Road – Rand has said the plan is “too dense” for the neighborhood and road access. We should all be eagerly waiting to see what gyrations Rand goes through over a 32 Unit Affordable Housing project in Lakeville, after all, he keeps saying in regards to SAHC and the WI that we should “just trust them.”