Opinion: Bray Road Construction
Opposed to new construction on Bray Road in Heath
Published: 7/15/2020 11:53:11 AM
I am writing in response to Lisa Diane Stowe’s op-ed published June 23 [“A pipe dream in Heath”]. Lisa wrote: “I do not know what misguided entity convinced the tiny town of Heath with a dwindling population and only part-time or volunteer personnel that a $4,000,000 Safety Complex was necessary for a town battling historical financial shortcomings. This was a contentious proposal and the purchase of the Bray Road property and subsequent architectural plan should not have proceeded.”
I agree with you, Lisa, and continue be opposed to new construction on Bray Road. The entity you speak of was the Municipal Complex Committee. It was chaired by Bob Bourke, and Sheila Litchfield was the chair of the Selectboard at the time. Other committee members were Bob Viarengo, secretary; Ken Gilbert, Jeff Simmons, Mike Smith and Brian De Vries.
A scope of work was developed by the committee to assess existing and future needs for highway, fire, police and emergency management facilities. Voters allocated $20,000 for a design consultant, but as you know, voted down the Bray Road construction. [Error, this was not voted down. Governor Baker took away the funding.]