Plan Pinardville contributor withdraws
Goffstown Industrial Corporation donated $3,000 in matching funds toward a grant to the town by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority for Plan Pinardville, and local attorney Tony Marts represented the organization on the Plan Pinardville Ad Hoc Committee.
The move comes as Pinardville residents questioned Marts' motives and want the entire plan scrapped.
"I think it's just too much of a distraction from the process, and that's the only comment I'm going to make," Marts said.
"It's sad that it got to this point," Rose said. "People who were trying to do good for this town basically got bombarded with comments that they were doing unethical things. How are we going to get anything done if we're going to get bombarded with negativity?"
Greg Carson, field officer for HUD in Manchester, was present at both meetings and spoke about HUD's role in the project.
"The town did not get a grant from HUD," Carson said. "I wanted to be sure that people are not attributing some onerous requirements on the part of HUD."
"There will be no taking land by eminent domain," he said. "None. Period. Zero."
No motion was made to dismantle the committee.
"Some residents expressed continued concern about the plan, which has yet to be finalized but is expected to be heard by the Planning Board on Sept. 12.
Resident Gail Labrecque, who spoke in favor of the plan, said some changes were in order that could be implemented over time that would benefit the entire Goffstown community.
The ad hoc committee is expected to complete its draft of the plan Aug. 27 and forward it to the Planning Board to be discussed at its Sept. 12 meeting.
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