Land flap in Billerica

Land flap in Billerica

There are 44 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jul 20, 2009, titled Land flap in Billerica. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

The town has made it a priority to protect open space, but at what cost? That is the question being debated as the Conservation Commission pushes for the purchase of a 2-acre parcel along the Concord River.

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Bill

Tewksbury, MA

#1 Jul 20, 2009
If we can afford the purchase of swamp land, why are we making cuts to services? I'm a senior and I can't enjoy the convenience of paying my tax bill with my credit card on line because the town said they couldn't afford the fees yet they can afford to buy swamp land. The decision makers making these decisions have their priorities out of order. Typical tax and spend mentality of politicians. When the economy is tight they still tax and spend while cutting services. This is galling. You're no friend of the taxpayers doing this.
Vision

West Chester, OH

#2 Jul 20, 2009
Nice to see you can't change the spots on a leopard.

These guys would be against the Louisana and Alaska Purchase.

Must get more money for their Union Buddies!!
Vision

West Chester, OH

#3 Jul 20, 2009
Millions for sick leave buyout, but not one cent for vision!!
Joey

Northborough, MA

#4 Jul 20, 2009
Open space is good for the town, but wetlands by the river might not be the best choice to spend money on at this time. Town needs more open space around the schools and parks, not the river.
confused

Sarasota, FL

#5 Jul 20, 2009
why are we buying land in concord?
Judy

Bolton, CT

#6 Jul 20, 2009
Hey "Vision", you have quite the agenda. While the town is cutting services and not filling positions, you want to buy this land? Isn't the "vision" tempered by our ability to "pay"? My wallet has been picked clean. The town claims it cannot replace positions and has left unfilled some public safety positions, teachers, etc yet we still have money to buy this land? I agree with "Bill" that priorities seem to be out of order. Your responses attack some people rather than stay on the issue-- then again that's the typical "ad hominem" approach of some people. Too bad you don't see or understand that. We the taxpayers suffer because of that. Typical politics here in Billerica. Attack the people and lose focus of the issue.
hammerhead

Lexington, MA

#7 Jul 20, 2009
lol the town of billerica has dropped the ball hundreds of times when it comes to conserving open space - their motto is " allow 100 acres to be developed and save 1"
Janet

Bolton, CT

#8 Jul 20, 2009
The land, along the Concord River, is located in Billerica. It has a number of environmental challenges and restrictions and is probably not buildable. It's been for sale for quite a while. The Middlesex School hasn't been able to sell it for these reasons. Why spend taxpayer money (if we have it!) on this? The risk is low that something will happen to this land. Seems like there's no plan to buy "strategic" parcels just spend taxpayer money on anything that comes along - even if it's unbuildable swamp land. That's not "vision" to me, that's just irresposnsible spending.
George of the Jungle

United States

#9 Jul 20, 2009
Trimming payroll does not mean cutting "services" What services (e.g. library hours, fire station closings) have been cut? I am not aware of any.
hammerhead

Lexington, MA

#10 Jul 20, 2009
" all land in billerica is build-able"
you just have to know the right people!
we have houses built in industrial parks and we even have one built in a cemetery! we have some kind of cult religion that will be building on the wetlands next to the town dpw.
Joey

Northborough, MA

#11 Jul 20, 2009
Billerica should buy the land to keep Home Depot or a Power plant from being built there. That would get people to OK with the spending.
question

Essex Junction, VT

#12 Jul 20, 2009
does billerica not have a CPA tax? Where what they collect is matched by the community preservation act? that would be the appropriate money to spend on this land
Correnti bull

AOL

#13 Jul 20, 2009
Does Bob Correnti take a long range view on anything? To suggest that spending 38k once to secure river front land is a bad idea is crazy...

what's his agenda?

He always has a scheme that lurks just under the surface, the muddy slimy surface...lol
Joey

Northborough, MA

#14 Jul 20, 2009
question wrote:
does billerica not have a CPA tax? Where what they collect is matched by the community preservation act? that would be the appropriate money to spend on this land
No, CPA was never approved by Town meeting
Tewksbury Citizen

Cobalt, CT

#15 Jul 20, 2009
That is correct. For a list of CPA participating member towns in MA see:

http://www.mass.gov/envir/smart_growth_toolki...
Correnti Supporter

Bolton, CT

#16 Jul 20, 2009
I do support Bob - frankly your attack on him is way out of line. He's one of the hardest working Selectmen I've known in my 48 years in Billerica. He cares and is consistently there for the residents. Your attack on him was unwarranted. I applaud him for taking a position here not to support moving forward on this issue - we do not have the money to spend for this land. And if we did, would this be the best land to buy?
Correnti NO

West Chester, OH

#17 Jul 20, 2009
Correnti Supporter wrote:
I do support Bob - frankly your attack on him is way out of line. He's one of the hardest working Selectmen I've known in my 48 years in Billerica. He cares and is consistently there for the residents. Your attack on him was unwarranted. I applaud him for taking a position here not to support moving forward on this issue - we do not have the money to spend for this land. And if we did, would this be the best land to buy?
Correnti was of the leaders in the attempt to block the Griggs Farm Land and prevented the Swanson Land purchases.

He wanted to spend $50,000 giving a buddy a $25,000 raise and spend $25,000 to replace him.

That sure is fiscal responsibility. He is the ultimate special interest politcian, never has he spoke to lower homeowner taxes, he's tax to the MAX BOB
Mary D

Billerica, MA

#18 Jul 20, 2009
Correnti NO wrote:
<quoted text>
Correnti was of the leaders in the attempt to block the Griggs Farm Land and prevented the Swanson Land purchases.
He wanted to spend $50,000 giving a buddy a $25,000 raise and spend $25,000 to replace him.
That sure is fiscal responsibility. He is the ultimate special interest politcian, never has he spoke to lower homeowner taxes, he's tax to the MAX BOB
Agreed, he's not for the towns taxpayers, he just wants to help himself and his buddies.
Fincom Charlie

Tewksbury, MA

#19 Jul 20, 2009
You guys are hilarious. Correnti was NEVER involved in the Griggs deal. But the facts aren't important to you guys. Just keep spreading your venom.
Kevin

Dracut, MA

#20 Jul 20, 2009
Typical bait and switch. You can't get an overide for this so we will cut something you want to pay for it. Then get an overide for the library, senior center etc..

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