Dec. 2, 2009: Cause for concern in Bovina politics

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To The Editor:
Is it cause for celebration, or concern, when a town board disregards its own adopted Comprehensive Plan by siting a 6,000-square-foot highway garage on a half-acre site, in a residential Main Street neighborhood, in a flood plain?
Is it cause for celebration, or concern, when a town supervisor bypasses the town’s own planning board for project and SEQRA review on a construction project with major community impact that uses taxpayer’s money?
Is it cause for celebration, or concern, when a town board’s highway committee presents a project as a turn-key site, when in fact the site is so impossibly constrained it requires an elaborate $350,000 below-ground storm water storage system that requires continued maintenance?
This “accomplishment” by the Bovina Town Board goes against adopted town plans, effectively closing the possibility of growth of infrastructure for the town as outlined in the Comprehensive Plan.
Permanently choking off needed infrastructure and growth for the community’s future, is hardly cause for celebration, and the Town of Bovina should be very concerned about the lack of vision, foresight, and regard for planning in its government.

Lynne Resch,
Resigned Town of Bovina Planning Board member