Bethel Resident Says “Vote NO! Let’s Complete the Library”

Bethel Resident Says “Vote NO! Let’s Complete the Library”

Editor’s Note: The following is a Letter to the Editor, sent in by Bill Hillman, regarding razing of the Old Town Hall. Those who oppose razing Old Town Hall in order to complete the library have obtained enough signatures to force a referendum. The referendum will be held on Tuesday, July 17th. The opinions expressed in the Letters to the Editor column are the viewpoint of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of Bethel Buzz or its editor.

The matter of Bethel’s Old Town Hall has been forced to an expensive machine vote. For those who want to see the Library finally completed, do not be complacent. The people who have successfully petitioned; BAC, the remnants of the now defunct “Pro-Bethel” party, and others have mailing lists, telemarketing skills and the ability to draw in at least 800 or more yes votes.

Central to the proponents of this petition are two key arguments. One, being a so-called right of the people to make this decision, though Bethel’s charter specifically does not call for either a Town meeting or a vote to demolish a worthless town property.

The other argument, based on a misguided belief that there’s some commercial value in a building that is laden with asbestos, has no parking, would cost hundreds of thousands to renovate only to find myriad obstacles to zoning and unable to ever get certified for occupancy. Some are using this to draw attention to a new third party born from the old “Pro-Bethel” group. New name, same people, no need give them attention here.

So a NO vote is FOR the library’s completion. A strong NO vote sends a clear message to the “Pro” group that their type of negativism is no longer wanted.  But remember, opponents of progress will bring out their vote. The rest of us need to show up and vote in big numbers to shut them down. Vote NO, and let Bethel move on. Let’s complete the Library!

~Bill Hillman, Bethel, CT.

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