Crowning our efforts to enable debate among Middlefield residents on the sale of our Ridge to Mr. Hayes, it was gratifying to see so many voters turn out to vote in the Powder Ridge Referendum, especially all the younger people.
We have high hopes that we will see the Ridge, under the new ownership, share our goal for the return of downhill skiing. Our other goal, that of providing open space, was sadly not considered in the contract that was approved.
We, “vote NO” folks, represented a non-partisan, thoughtful group of electors, who in the past had overwhelmingly supported the Town’s purchase of Powder Ridge. True, many of us were “old”, but not all….and, frankly, no one has “blue hair”. We all wish for skiing to return to the Ridge, but see little evidence of that possibility in the contract. Some promises were made during the limited public presentations, but these were never reflected in the actual contract. Any opportunity for public input was negated due to the signing of the contract before the final public hearing, leaving the electors of the Town to either agree or disagree…. yes or no.
The folks who participated in this non-partisan effort to open a real dialog were very concerned citizens who were not opposed to Mr. Hayes, only frustrated at the inability to have any review, over the economics and contract proposals. The First Selectman never allowed that, however.
Now the real tests start with both potential money for the town and Mr. Hayes proposed activities for the Ridge under the microscope.
As the “vote NO" group of Middlefield and Rockfall, we offer to participate wherever our talents and abilities would serve the long-term best interests of our small town. Denied that opportunity in this instance, we remain committed to community service. Hopefully First Selectman Brayshaw will realize that citizen input can be an advantage, and far less costly than lawyers.
Submitted by Marianne Corona