Legislator says Goffstown should pass on HUD funds
He began the meeting with a skit by bringing 10-year-old Riley Webb and her father, Bret, on stage. Burt held up a sign that read “HUD,” then gave a sign labeled “NHHFA” to Webb, and a sign labeled “Goffstown” to Riley. He joked that HUD is similar to his own hefty size and compared that to the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority and the town of Goffstown.
Throughout the meeting, Burt urged residents to alert their neighbors and attend the planning board review of the plan scheduled for Thursday. He said the planning board will be forced to take notice if hundreds of people appear at town hall for the meeting.
“We need a plan that makes sense. ... We need a plan that we can afford,” said Dick Gamache, a member of the Plan Pinardville Ad Hoc Committee. “Once the plan is adopted by the planning board, it’s done. It will become part of the master plan.”
Resident Kyle Smith said he’s against Plan Pinardville, but he is concerned about safety and security. He urged residents to keep the momentum going to protect their town.
Resident Alice Cuchetti said she doesn’t want Pinardville to feel alone and separated from Goffstown.
“We’re all in this together and we’ll all be affected,” she said after the meeting.
“Do you know how many regulations HUD has?” Flanagan said. “There’s no such thing as free money. I voted to send the money back. I didn’t want to compromise the value of my town.”
Burt advised Goffstown to return the $50,000 it received from NHHFA through HUD, of which about $38,000 has already been spent designing the plan.
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