Letter to the Editor: Vote YES to the sale of Powder Ridge!

Middlefield resident supports Brownstone owner Sean Hayes' plan to restore the ski area.


Voter Beware: Vote YES to the sale of Powder Ridge!

While I truly respect and appreciate individuals who feel responsible to save taxpayers money, I warn citizens not to be fooled by scare tactics and misinformation coming from a small disgruntled group of motive and politically driven pessimists. 

Despite information that has led to numerous inquiries from mislead citizens, including several seniors that appear to have been targeted in campaign calls alluding to an increase of taxes, please spread the word to your families that TAXES WILL NOT GO UP IF YOU VOTE YES for the sale of Powder Ridge.

Taxpayers will collectively benefit from THOUSANDS in SAVINGS A YEAR if we sell Powder Ridge.  It will eliminate expensive attorney fees associated with Powder Ridge, our tax bill to Wallingford and Meriden will disappear as well as expensive liability insurance, maintenance expenses, etc.  We will also benefit from tax revenue to the town from a new owner.

In addition, we won’t have the threat of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for demolition and removal of unsafe buildings that the building inspector requested to be boarded up.  

While the elimination of development rights has impacted the value of the land by approximately 2 million dollars, it has spared the threat of condos/housing that could have increased taxes and preserved the land to return skiing, as citizens voted for.

Am I particularly happy that the Town has incurred enormous debt to taxpayers from multiple negotiations with prospective buyers that have fled?  No, and I certainly don’t want us to be impacted by even more debt should this buyer decide to follow suit. We are never going to recover the incurred cost from the Town struggling to preserve this land to us for skiing, but we can certainly stop the bleeding by selling the property.  

What it means if taxpayers don’t actively get people out to VOTE YES!

It means additional money spent on expensive legal fees for more negotiations like we have incurred for 5 years OR hundreds of thousands of dollars toward specialized demolition of buildings, that will continue to negatively impact taxpayers.

It risks losing a part of our history as well as losing local Brownstone as a buyer.

It risks losing the $500,000 DECD grant for the Powder Ridge property if this is delayed further.

Buildings will continue to lose value from vandalism and the elements.

Powder Ridge has played a major role in Middlefield’s history since 1959.  Residents voted to bring skiing back.  They overwhelmingly voted YES on the Alpine contract currently being used that has remained essentially the same.  

Brownstone’s plan is innovative, extreme, classy, family oriented with a "something for everyone" vision of downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing, half pipes, rails, racing courses, a spa/training facility, pool, lounge, day room rentals, shopping, fine dining, sporting events and so much more!  A social meeting destination for friends & families, many employment opportunities, thriving local businesses and a 20% discount on lift tickets and season passes to Middlefield residents! 

The synergy between local Brownstone Park and Powder Ridge, New England's future Extreme Sports destinations off of RT 66 will drastically increase odds of their success!  

RELIVE and REVIVE the memories for your family and mine!

Car pool with friends and VOTE YES on August 16 from 6am-8pm at the Community Center!  


Amy Poturnicki

Rob August 12, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Very important facts. Nice to see something positive and truthful written. Every vote will count, if you're not sure how to vote because you have heard some distorted facts, ASK QUESTIONS, (just be careful who you ask). Call Jon Brayshaw at the town hall. If you hear someone say that Sean Hayes is only going to pay $200k-RUN. Make an informed decision. I honestly feel that if you know the truth and the facts you will see that the only right vote for Middlefield is a YES!
Cindy Di Lauro August 12, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Thanks, Amy for all of your hard work. We and our family and friends look forward to all of the positive benefits of this sale will provide, including moving forward on a mutual goal of the majority of us wanted! It is wonderful to hear the positive people and to know that most of us just want to look forward to having a successful venture operating in our wonderful town once again. GO SEAN & POWDER RIDGE SKIING AND WINTER SPORTS!!!!!! YEAH RESIDENTS, IGNORE THE WHINERS AND GET OUT AND VOTE FOR OUR LOCAL SKI DESTINATION AND TOWN PRIDE TO OPEN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!! Thanks to all of the positive folks who keep hanging in there, and there are plenty of you, do not miss the vote!!!!! and bring others with you...shame on the "negativos".
Mickey August 12, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Great letter Amy. I believe this will pass overwhelmingly- but we all need to get out there and vote and continue to encourage everyone else to do so.
Rob August 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Cindy and Mickey, also great points. I also believe that it will pass by a huge margin. I just hope that people aren't listening to all of the negative fact twisters, and that they realize that their vote actually will make a difference. Nice to see some positive comments. This is what Middlefield is all about, good people
Cindy August 13, 2012 at 03:55 AM
EXCELLENT letter Amy. You stated all the reasons why we need this deal to go through. Not selling PR to Sean Hayes will end up costing the town so much more money. It is a shame the "negative dozen" are disseminating misinformation to people. At the hearing Attorney Antin even went through the numbers about how taxes will drop from $112 per person on average to $63 and will continue to go down as the business grows. I cannot believe the "negative dozen" are calling seniors and telling them their taxes will go up if they vote YES. Are they really doing this? That is just so wrong. I hope people who are for it don't think that they don't need to go vote because "it will pass anyway". It should pass easily but we don't want to take any chances and I would love for this to pass by a 20 -1 vote. So encourage everyone to come out and vote this Thurs!!!! I am planning on opening a bottle of champagne the day of Sean's closing and cannot wait to hear and see construction trucks on the mountain!


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