To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The residents of Sheffield are at one of those troubling crossroads again. The town is being threatened with dilution of the things that make it special.
The threat comes from the proposed building of an unsightly box store in the middle of town. One cornfield would separate it from the Housatonic River. This is a town that has some of the best farm land in the state because of its location along the river. It was voted by The Nature Conservancy as one of the last 10 great places in the country for its unique ecological diversity.
We pride ourselves on being a historic and rural New England village. In the past history of Sheffield, our community gathered together to thwart outside forces that would jeopardize that vision and our environmental resources. This is the time to repeat that togetherness.
Let’s support our volunteer governing boards, at this time the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals in particular, which are standing up for what the town represents and many want -- reasonable (smart) growth and transparency in negotiations with businesses as they seek opportunities in locating in this desirable corridor of Route 7.