Letter: 'Acreage Amendment' will give boost to Williamstown

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'Acreage Amendment' will give boost to W'town

To the editor:

Have you noticed that many of our kids are no longer in town? They graduate from college or high school and move away from what we call "The Village Beautiful." Why? Employment opportunities in Williamstown are scarce. No new jobs are being created outside of a few organizations such as Williams College and my company, Inland Management.

By the time the well-meaning Williamstown vigilantes in their misguided attempt to save the bucolic South Williamstown area are finished, Mike Deep's plan for the Waubeeka Golf Links will have been gutted, the golf course will fail and turn into a fallow, useless field. Additionally, jobs and tax revenues generated by the golf course will be lost.

I believe there are many residents who support Deep's plan ("The Acreage Amendment") . His wonderful, robust golf resort will add 60 more jobs and hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenues. Tourism can and should be a major focus in Williamstown; tourism will provide a foundation for future growth, and hopefully, bring our kids back home.

I urge residents to vote in favor of the zoning change and the "Acreage Amendment" at town meeting on Tuesday to allow the Waubeeka Country Inn and Spa to become a reality.

Harry S. Patten, Williamstown The writer is chairman of Inland Management.


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