"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Friday, August 5, 2016

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. .

Maybe that should be paraphrased into " Those that don't know the past...." 
There is a fair amount of history on the 18 or so acre Lions Club property. For example, back in 2010, there was a two part  Planning Board public hearing, one held in the Community Auditorium due to anticipated large crowds, on the Towns ( actually former TA Carter Terenzini's ) plans for Lion's Club. 
I noted at the first session of the public hearing that as an abutter to the property, I was never notified of the public hearing. Carter admitted that abutters were not notified as the hearings were formalities as he was recommending that the Town utilize it's exemption as a municipality to not obey local zoning ordinances. It didn't of course exempt the Town from State or Federal regulations. NH DES permits would still have been required. 
As an abutter, I know that the land between my acreage and the Lion's Club is mostly wetland. The elevation at the corner of Old 109 at the Lions Club is about 19 feet higher than the corner of 109 and Rt. 25. The construction in between those locations over the years did nothing to mitigate the drainage issues. I have a photo of a hole dug on the Wallaces's property just past the property line to the Lion's Club where the water was just 18 inches below the surface. Not impossible to build on, but certainly a challenge. 

The following documents are the Town's ( Carter Terenzini 's) response to the twenty six (26) Planning Board comments that were the result of their 2 (two) part hearing on the town's proposed change of use for the Lions Club property.