Windham voters to decide municipal water study
If approved by citizens this spring, the study will examine the pros and cons of bringing public water into the Route 111 corridor. As it stands now, the majority of town is serviced by well water, with both private residential wells and several public wells.
"It's an important article and I think it warrants the full board's vote," he said on Monday.
Selectmen Kathleen DiFruscia and Roger Hohenberger voted against the warrant's inclusion during both meeting's votes.
Valentine, who did not speak at the Dec. 30 meeting, said the town "has everything to gain" by extending its municipal water offerings and in doing so, would be able to offer tax incentives to homeowners by increasing the commercial tax base in town.
"Most home owners would not be directly connected to the water line, but we could all benefit from better property values if the community, as a whole, was more economically robust," he said.
Sullivan added that the town's review committee would then attempt to negotiate the best fee based on the bottom line budget, meaning the study's cost could actually come in below $35,000.
McLeod said he's happy to see all options being considered.
"To me it's all about learning what we can," he said. "It's about finding out what we can get with water that we couldn't get without it, and gaining a better understanding of our growth opportunities."
Neither DiFruscia nor Hohenberger addressed the matter during this week's meeting, though both had made their feelings clear at the time of the initial vote earlier this month.
DiFruscia agreed, noting that, "it's a lot of money to ask for."
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