Since we published a top 10 list yesterday, we thought we would add one more for the weekend.
More than 35 years ago, the Dorchester Village Board decided to abandon its attempt to not pave all of the community's streets.
Much has changed since 1979 -- and so have many of the people. The residents of Dorchester 2015 deserve to have their voices heard on the issue of street paving.
The Times supports paving some of Dorchester's streets, those that are most traveled or hold potential for new housing development. But since this blog was create in 2007, the Dorchester Village Board has not permitted the town's resident from voting on the street paving issue.
Once again we urge the village board to let the residents of Dorchester decide on paving. Now is the time.
Ten Reasons to Let the Voters Decide on Paving
- Isn't 35 years of wondering where the people stand enough?
- Paved streets would greatly improve Dorchester's overall quality of life.
- Paved streets would likely bring new and improved housing to town -- and increased property tax revenue for city hall and the school district.
- Paving would appeal to out-of-towners and rural residents considering a move to Dorchester.
- Paving would save money in the long term. Since 1979, the Village of Dorchester has spent roughly $2.2 million on upkeep of gravel streets (not including pay of village employees to do the work).
- Paved streets would help encourage more baby boomers to spend their retirement years here -- and encourage more young people to stay.
- Paved streets mean less damage to vehicles.
- Paved streets allow for healthier air quality.
- Paved streets will spark a renewal of community pride.
- A vote would finally put the paving matter to rest, one way or the other.