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
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Route 131 is finally completed. ☑
Burgess School occupied, and will be completed in a little over a year. ☑
The new Waste Water Treatment Plant will be online in the beginning of 2012. ☑
The completion of Well No. 4 has occurred , and the well passed testing by MassDEP last month. ☑
Took some effort, a lot of input from the residents, and the occasional "fix" along the way for each on of these major town projects.
We done good, Sturbridge. We done good, despite it all, we done good.
Now, the question we all have swimming around in the back of our heads, "What now?".
What new projects would you like to see here in town?
How about I start it off?
Traffic lights at the intersection of Arnold Road and Route 20, and the intersection of New Boston Road and Route 20 are needed, and have been for a very long time. Now, we are way beyond hearing that it is not something the town has jurisdiction over, or it is a project that only the state can perform. I've heard it before, and this time, I'm not listening to the rhetoric. Maybe it's true for the projects entirety that the state would be responsible, but it is up to the town to express a need to get the ball going, and to pursue it until it is completed.
I challenge the BOS to punt the ball to MassDOT, and put some effort behind it this time. No onside kicks this time around. Smack that puppy, and make our roads safer.
Quite frankly, I don't think it should be necessary for me to say a prayer before I turn from Route 20 eastbound onto New Boston Road.
So there, the gauntlet has been thrown down. The challenge made. Now it is time for the BOS to make its move. A simple exploratory committee with a 90 day expiration date would be an excellent start.
Now, your turn. What new project would you like the town to embark on?