I had been told about the prospect of a citizens petition for the Great? dam removal some time ago. I like many others just wanted to give our Selectmen the additional time(after the initial no) to make a more measured decision.
It was understood that if the Board of Selectmen could not come together to lead, then the Community would do it.
There are already folks canvassing their own neighborhoods to get this done. My pal Peter Kennedy was called upon Sunday afternoon by an elderly woman from his neighborhood.
“Where do I sign?”
While only 25 signatures are necessary to place it on the ballot, we should really try and blow the numbers out, big time.
Big numbers on the petition will translate into major buzz in the press and make this easy, as it should have been.I think this could be it, the “big issue ” that brings everyone out in March,including a demographic missing in action of late.
Those with school age children.
You have to get there this year, it’s a priority.
“Mom, Dad, did you vote yes to save the Exeter River and restore the watershed?”
I do not want to waste anytime with naysayers, and firmly communicated that to Brian Griset just now on the phone. There is no reason for anyone to be pilloried for standing in the way. We really don’t need any more information or meetings on the immense value of dam removal for our Community.
Let’s just walk on by…
If you do feel out of the loop Brian is trying to organize one last session, in my view it’s all been talked to death.
Just a note here for those who actually watch Town matters and know the players. This is not about “reaching across the aisle” you can hold onto your politics and hard views on all the other issues facing Exeter.
On the Dam there is wide agreement across all those lines and we should be joining hands.
I will dance with anyone to get this dam removed and you should too. Brian and I are planning a coffee date!
I can hear the Nun even now “Mr Lambert keep your hand on her shoulder and please leave some room for the Holy Ghost!”
More later on that information session.
Now is the time for action.
I have the documents here on the ETC just grab a copy of the petition, print and get out to see your neighbors.
These signed petitions are due in the Town Clerks Office on Tuesday the 14th of January.
Restoring the Exeter River, it’s the right thing to do.