Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Friday, January 4, 2008
A Couple of Things From the Front Office
This Blog has become a repository for ideas and feedback, and it seems that most everyone is on the same page. Oh, sure, there are claims and counterclaims about all sorts of issues, and this is something that I don't want to get into, but having opened this venue for discussion I have to keep it open for opposing point of view as well, (long pause) to a point.
Keep in mind my purpose is to "ignite", note "incite". I don't want our energies being spent in "flame wars" with "former friends". That can be handled on ones My Space page.
Since we all are on the same page, and we tend to agree with what needs to be done, we now need to take it to the next level. Discovery and acknowledgment were first, now we need to record what needs to be done, and to do it right we need to know what is currently going on, and the plans the town has, or doesn't have so we can combine them. If they were posted on the Town web site it would be easy. After that is done, we need to present our findings to the appropriate Boards with the plan for the towns involvement, and our involvement. The sole purpose of this is offer up ideas as of yet not thought of, to volunteer our time to assist the town in achieving it's plans in a TIMELY fashion, and to "connect" the plans to the rest of the town so they will have a positive effect on the people and businesses here.
Whoa. Dude, we're gonna do what?
We are going to make our town a better place by our involvement (the residents). We are going to get our hands dirty.
So, let me start with some questions that you can answer to help make our plans more cohesive. You can send your answers to this blog under comments, or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have meeting minutes, maps, or other information you would like to share. If I get any actual plans, minutes, or maps, I will post them on the document section of this Blog for those to view. There will be a "Plan of Action" for those to add to, and edit as well.
1) What exactly is the plan for the OSV land, and where do we stand at this point in achieving the completion of the current plan? Who are the contact people?
2) Is there "wiggle room" in the current plan within the restrictions in the deed?
3) What is the plan for new land purchased south of the river between Stallion Hill Road and Holland Road?
4) Is there a map available for the recent purchases to be better able to visualize them?
Let's start with answering these 4 questions. The answers will lead to more questions, plans, and details to be worked out in association with the committees. Keep in mind, we are fostering not only ideas, but also fostering a volunteer effort as well. The Town will need volunteers to assist with the completion of plans. We want to be able to assist the Town in completing the projects in a timely manner, and not as a retirement project for most of us. Above all, we want to be a positive influence. No name calling, no incendiary thoughts or remarks. Difference of opinion? Yes. Disagreement with a plan? Of course, but not without a counter plan.
And, just a few more questions, what is the current status of the Grand Trunk Trail? How close are we to extending it beyond the new foot bridge? Where will its next terminus be? Will the trail be covered in stone dust / sand to allow bicycles? When? Are there plans to mark certain geographic / landscape items of interest and put them on a map for educational purposes? Is there a map of all the trails in town, both public, and private? If not, who would like to make one? A simple map, directions on how to get to the trail head, length of the trail, sights to see on the trail, parking would be great. Then get it printed, and off to the Information Booths. We could even have ads on it aimed at the walkers and hikers from local businesses.
Finally, let's continue to keep this space productive. Please leave old issues alone, and not revisit them here. They drag us down, and slow the process. Find that "former friend", give them a hug, or buy them a beer, and move on. Everyone that has offered a comment on these pages has something positive to offer, and those that don't can voice themselves on other places on the net designed for beating dead horses to death.