Letter to the editor 2, Jan. 14, 2016
I really question the judgement in the great expenditures planned for Hudson: $25,422,706 over three years, as presented at a special budget meeting on Dec 15, 2015.
For example: 1) The Town Administration wants to re-surface the roads at a cost of $4,500,000. What about a mass hook up to the Town Septic System (which cost us approximately $25,000,000, and is vastly underused) before this great expenditure, or will Hudson dig up the new roads and do it all over again in a couple of years like they do in Montreal?
2) Public Works: $7,492,700 over three years... for what? That includes $750,000 for Pine Lake which was strongly rejected by the majority of Hudsonites. There was a smart Pine Lake committee who had a much more affordable and attractive 'flood plain' concept, with an estimated cost closer to $25,000. Why spend more? And on what is the rest of the $6,733,700 to be spent?
3) It is shocking to see the administration planning to build a new Town Hall at the cost of $5,825,000. I'm sure you can get all the administration under one roof for far less than that; I'd like to remind you all that this is still a small town of approximately 5,000 people. We cannot afford this delusional grandeur.