Thursday night last chance for input to Main Street Design Working Group

Above: Earlier this spring, DPW shared a rendering of what Main Street could look like near the Common after reconstruction plans. The last night to make your comments to the working group studying the project is this Thursday.

Last night, the Main Street Design Working Group updated the Board of Selectmen on their work. Chair Martin Healey told the board not to expect their final report until Tuesday, June 17th, the night before the State Public Hearing.

Healey explained that the report is too important to rush. What the report will show in terms of consensus is still unclear. Healey himself isn’t even sure what consensus means. (He wondered aloud if 6-1 or 5-2 would be considered consensus.)

The chair also claimed that if he was asked to state other members’ opinions on the project he wasn’t sure he could. He stated that members so far have tried to hold back most of their opinions.

The group has spent about 20 hours in meetings over the past four weeks going over the project “brick by brick”. At most meetings there was some public comment. But comment was limited by the group’s need to get up to speed.

On Monday night, they held a public hearing with about 25-30 people in attendance. Healey described the discussion as “spirited” at times. The group called on the Department of Public Works and contractors from VHB to respond to some questions and comments.

Before working on their report, the group wants more feedback at their last scheduled public hearing. Healey said, “We’ve heard from a lot, we’d like to hear from as many more as possible.” He also encouraged residents not to worry that any question or observation is “too dumb, cause we’ve made them all, learning about this project.”

That meeting takes place tomorrow night, June 5, 7:00 pm at Cordaville Hall. You can find related DPW materials on the town website.

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