Letter: Thanks all around!
Three different issues with a common thread: revenue generation.
First, thanks to Hopkinton’s selectmen for trashing the application to amend the state waste permit, which would have allowed nonresidents to truck recyclables through town. Agreed, if our transfer station is losing money, then we must find a way to increase revenue, reduce cost or both that’s acceptable to impacted stakeholders.
Second, thanks to Jesse Laflamme of Pete and Jerry’s Organics for presenting a facts-based argument in support of Tom Giovagnoli’s proposed organic poultry farm. The primary purpose of agriculture is not hobby or edu-tainment but commercial production of food and fiber. Consumers are increasingly demanding healthy, locally produced products, and producers seeking to satisfy that demand deserve a fair profit. Giovagnoli’s proposed operation in Dunbarton presents triple bottom-line (people, planet, profit) benefits.
Third, thanks to Monitor Editor Felice Belman for assigning her staff to quantify the experience of parking on Concord’s Main Street. Here’s what her study revealed: Of 30 parking episodes at times ranging from 9 a.m. to 9:10 p.m. between May 30 and June 3, 23 spots were landed on North or South Main Street, four spots on side streets, two spots at the Capital Commons garage and one spot at the Employment Security building lot. All were found within a few minutes and no farther than a short walk from the destination. Findings indicate that parking along Main Street is, quite frankly, not a problem. Annmarie Timmins’s suggestion for better signage makes great sense.
The Concord City Council should stick with the plan for wider sidewalks and consider an ordinance that restricts business owners and employees from parking in the prime spots in front of their establishments. To business owners: Focus more on your value proposition and worry less about parking.