My wife and I have lived in Williamstown for the past 64 years. Coming here as a young man, it was not long before I discovered the tremendous advantages and opportunities of a college town nestled in a beautiful rural setting. We certainly want to preserve the quality of life we enjoyed here and at the same time take care of those made homeless by the natural elements. In the meantime we do not want to repeat the terrible mistakes made with the creation and the occupancy of The Spruces, built in a spot so prone to floods and catastrophes.
Nobody knows for sure how much converting part of the Lowry property to a housing development would cause damage to the water table and other soil conditions. It was not so long ago that changes made on Luce Road properties were blamed for the great inconveniences the people living directly below had to go through. We do not want to see the Lowry land changed into a miniature Levittown. We want to conserve its pristine beauty.
We have many sites in town that can become affordable housing, like the former Cable Mill on Water Street and the Photech property on Cole Avenue. Neither one was ever flooded! Also keep in mind that Proprietors Fields on Church Street is planning a sizable expansion of its facilities. Yes, some of these sites have various degrees of contamination, but modern technology can accomplish the task of cleaning them up at a minimum cost.
We have reached a period when people are encouraged, once again as in the not so far away past, to buy and eat local products. We think this tendency will grow more and more and will be productive not only for the farmers, but for business and the consumers.
While we are not town officials, lawyers or technicians of any kind, we lean toward using simple plain common sense and urge all the citizens of Williamstown to do the same and vote Yes on Article 3 at the Special Town Meeting scheduled at Mt. Greylock High School, 7:30 p.m., April 24.
Marc H. and Micheline Toureille