I have been living in the Lost Lake area of Groton, MA for the past seven years. I am deeply concerned about the proposed Lost Lake Sewer project. Registered letters (at a cost of about $2000.00) were mailed to only 325 residents of Lost Lake asking whether one agreed or disagreed to the Lost Lake Sewer project. I am a little confused… the Lost Lake sewer project is expected to reach Lost Lake, Four Corners, and run into Ayer, yet only 325 residents were sent questionnaires implying that only those 325 would be funding the entire project, since it was implied that those 325 homes were polluting Lost Lake. If other parts of Groton will be utilizing this system why didn’t others receive a registered letter too? Additionally, all residents received another questionnaire in their Groton electric bills concerning the Lost Lake Sewer project. Why the redundancy?
Surely the Board of Health would know which homes are directly polluting Lost Lake. The Board of Health should prohibit occupancy in any and all homes that are directly polluting Lost Lake until such time that the septic conditions are acceptable. My septic system as well as others around me is in perfect condition and is not polluting Lost Lake, thus there is no need to tie into a sewer system as well as no need to pay for it in any way unless we request to tie into it.
Why is Groton trying to force only 325 homes in the Lost Lake area of town to pay for the entire project when clearly more than just Lost Lake residents will benefit from a sewer? The last time I looked at my address it read “Groton” not the “Lost Lake” area of Groton. If this is the way that Groton wants to charge residents, then the Lost Lake population should not be required to pay any monies towards a new fire station since we already have one in the Lost Lake area. Additionally,, Lost Lake residents should not be required to fund the proposed Fitch’s Bridge project since it is not in the Lost Lake area. Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? My point is if Groton wants to put in a new sewer system, either the polluters should fund the entire project or the entire town of Groton should fund the project.
In this economy I really do not know where people will get the money to pay any additional fees, taxes and/or betterment fees for a proposed $13 million Lost Lake Sewer, a proposed $9 million fire station and a fix to Fitch’s Bridge at an unknown cost. Taxes in Groton are already too high. Listed below are problems that continue to exist in the Lost Lake area of Groton:
- Roads and streets are in deplorable condition where they are constantly being re-patched as opposed to being re-paved.
- Trees and/or brush are never cleared unless several calls are placed to public works or the residents do the clearing themselves.
- If you talk to anyone in Groton and mention that you live in Lost Lake you are regarded as living in “the poor section of Groton”.
- Homes generally have smaller lots of land. The taxes on land in Groton are based on a sliding scale with homes with the least amount of land being charged the most per acre land tax, whereby Lost Lake area residents are generally paying the most for their land.
The Lost Lake area of Groton continues to be penalized and the Lost Lake Sewer project is another example of how we are penalized. As a resident of Groton with a working and continually maintained septic system, I do not and cannot afford to support a Lost lake Sewer project.
14 Balsam Walk