Most residents want the Town House renovation

Mar 26, 2018

To the Editor:

In response to Mr. North’s letter of March 22 - This is still a free country and he is entitled to his opinion; that doesn’t mean that we have to accept it. It is an unfortunate symptom of the current state of public commentary that innuendo, half-truths, false information, and personal insults take the place of facts, logic, and common sense.

Mr. North’s letter is another in a series to confuse residents with irrelevant commentary on an important subject. The Board of Selectmen held a special public hearing on March 1 so that all residents could hear both presentations and provide their comments or ask questions.

A large number of residents attended and the consensus in the room supported renovation of the Town House. Watch the video recording on ORCTV.

Norman Hills, Selectman

Comments (2)
Posted by: Brian M Canto | Mar 27, 2018 14:01

Fact, logic, and common sense would lead me to believe that a public project of this cost/magnitude should have full voter support of the public no matter what the decision may be.  Contrary to what Mr Hills would like us to believe, there seems to be a strong current of opposition to the scheduled spending.  The May Town Meeting should be very interesting and hopefully those of us that have concerns will all attend.

Posted by: watermanjp | Mar 29, 2018 15:21

If  Mr. Hills is so confident that "most residents want the Town House renovation,"  why did he remove Article 15 to approve a new Town Administrative Building at the VFW site from the Warrant for the May 14 Town Meeting? Or, maybe he isn't really confident so he was buying himself some insurance?  The only thing we know for sure is that Mr. Hills has been a partisan in favor of the Town House renovation from before he successfully ran for Selectman (second try) and he appears determined to get his way regardless of what voters want.  As a Selectman, I believe Mr. Hills should not be partisan on a issue of this importance.  He should work in a non-partisan way to ensure the voters get complete and accurate information on all options, so they, the voters, can make a well informed decision.  How many Marion voters believe Mr. Hills has carried out his responsibilities as Selectman appropriately?  John Waterman

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