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March 1, 2014

Letter: Varying opinions for Planning Board members

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Another assertion of the “green team” is that if the parcel were to be rezoned, the general public would pay for its remediation and cleanup. First off, as noted above, the parcel does not need to be cleaned up; it needs to be properly capped and reused. More importantly, it is a matter of Massachusetts General Law that the owner of the parcel is responsible for the cleanup of their property, unless the buyer of the property assumes that liability. In that case, cleanup is still paid for via an escrow account set up between seller and buyer. In any event, MassDOT has shown no interest, and rightly so, in paying for the capping of the former landfill, and thus, it is simply not true that the citizens of Beverly would pay for capping of the landfill.

And finally, I wish to take up the issue of lumping all members of the Planning Board, or any volunteer board or committee in the city, into one like-minded unit. The Planning Board is an extremely diverse group of individuals who come from many walks of life. Look it up, check out what each of us does for a living. We may agree on a number of issues; rarely is that agreement unanimous, and that is no way an indication that we all think alike.

Speaking for myself now; my particular interests in the city are as follows:

fixing the numerous streets and sidewalks in the city in need of repair;

a new middle school;

redevelopment of Rantoul Street, using a combination of residential and mixed use;

a waterfront redevelopment plan that meets the needs of all citizens while maintaining access to open space;

resolution to the Brimbal Avenue redevelopment plan that meets the needs of all residents in our city;

interwoven through all this is a firm commitment to protect and expand the beautiful open spaces in Beverly.

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