To all the Groton residents that plan on attending the Town Meeting next week, here are a couple of facts you need to know before voting on the Lost Lake Sewer Project:
- Based on the most recent water quality tests performed for this project, the proposed sewer system is completely unnecessary. Yes, the nitrogen and phosphorous levels were high back in the early ‘80s, but since then the vast majority of septic systems on and around Lost Lake and Knopps Pond have been repaired or replaced. The engineering firm’s own tests prove this, although for some reason the recent test is not given as much credence as tests conducted three decades ago. I find this very questionable and alarming and so should everyone else.
- If the project was actually necessary, which I repeat it has been proven not to be, the proposed funding is ridiculous. The lakes area of Groton is the least affluent section of Groton by leaps and bounds. These neighborhoods are also taxed at a higher rate than the rest of Groton based on the huge tax assessment increase imposed on the area a few years ago. This area also receives the least town services. Our roads have not been repaired in over 20 years, as an example. On top of this, the Lost Lake and Knopps Pond section of town has by far the highest foreclosure rate in Groton. A foreclosure rate that will absolutely skyrocket with the added burden of a 20-30 year ‘betterment’ in the thousands of dollars annually, along with hookup fees, usage fees and all the fees associated with hiring engineers and filing a Notice of Intent. A Yes vote will force your friends and neighbors living on the lake out of their homes. Period.
Why is it that when the sewer lines were installed down Main Street the town covered 50% of the cost, yet they are only proposing to cover 25% of the cost on this project? This is especially puzzling considering the big “selling point” is that this project will protect the Whitney Well, thus the town water supply, from being contaminated. If the whole town were to benefit, why shouldn’t the whole town shoulder more of the financial burden?
There are literally hundreds more reasons why this project should not move forward at this point. But based on the two issues mentioned above, the project should not get a single Yes vote from any Groton resident.