To the Editor:
Dalton residents should plan to attend a very important special town meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Wahconah Regional High School. The sole warrant article for this meeting is the result of a citizens' petition seeking to overturn a unanimous vote taken at the annual town meeting in May 2014. At that meeting over a year ago, the voters of Dalton granted the Select Board permission to act on their behalf in securing a contract to construct affordable housing at the old Dalton High (old Nessacus) site. We currently have entered into a contract with Berkshire Housing Development Corporation.
The Select Board, at its meeting on Nov. 23, voted unanimously to oppose the warrant article seeking to overturn the previous unanimous vote. I personally feel strongly that this project is the right project for our town at this time. This building has sat vacant for over a decade. Residents have urged the Select Board to take action to use this building. Previous attempts to secure funding for an alternate use of this building have come up short a number of times. Opponents of the use of this building for affordable housing have generated not only this petition but a campaign of misleading information and generalizations based on stereotypes.
While this is an extremely busy time of year, I urge all Dalton voters to attend this meeting. Please do not allow what I believe to be a vocal minority to derail a worthwhile project. Come with an open mind to be informed. Town Meeting is the purest form of democracy. Come to have your voice heard on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Wahconah High School.
Mary R. Cherry, Dalton
Mary Cherry is the vice-chairperson of the Dalton Select Board.