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Eli Laverdiere
Eli Laverdiere

This is why our taxes ar so high. Vote yes! Bring in more business to uxbridge !

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo
  • Eli Laverdiere

Thanks for your opinion... that is exactly why I started this petition.... we need to get the Uxbridge Town Residents talking about this... so thank you for your response and interest!
I am not so sure that the approximately and high ended quote of $100,000 to the town that was stated (at least for the first year, not sure about the following years ) will be enough to cover the repairs on the roads, and upkeep of the roads with at minimum 30 more asphalt trucks quite possibly coming through...

Thanks for your opinion... that is exactly why I started this petition.... we need to get the Uxbridge Town Residents talking about this... so thank you for your response and interest!
I am not so sure that the approximately and high ended quote of $100,000 to the town that was stated (at least for the first year, not sure about the following years ) will be enough to cover the repairs on the roads, and upkeep of the roads with at minimum 30 more asphalt trucks quite possibly coming through town.... also it will offer 5 jobs at the maximum SEASONALLY to the town.... 3 jobs are already taken... And in MA manufacturers equipment is considered personal property so this equipment will not be taxed in a manner that it will benefit the town.
I am also not sure if the tax benefit is going to outweigh the potential health risks and environmental concerns as we all have well water here in South Uxbridge. I am a tax payer here is Uxbridge... and I would rather pay the tax rate that I have now than breathe in toxins and smell asphalt outside the house in the yard that I pay taxes on.... and yes I know that they claim there will be a low level of toxins and that this will be "treated" so that the asphalt doesn't smell... Forgive me if I am extremely cynical about this and actually question it... low levels of toxins in our air and water are NOT acceptable!
SO I am more than happy to have more business in the town of Uxbridge... I just think that this particular proposal to the town REALLY NEEDS TO BE THOUGHT ABOUT CAREFULLY SO we can all make an informed decision about what is best for the Uxbridge Town Residents.

Robin Desruisseaux
Robin Desruisseaux
  • Eli Laverdiere

Your right Eli we need business in Uxbridge!! Not sure why the people in this town are so against it??

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo
  • Eli Laverdiere

Thank you for taking the time to comment... I am so happy that people are talking about this! :)

Eli Laverdiere
Eli Laverdiere
  • Eli Laverdiere

Jen your wood stove gives out more toxins than this would. This will bring in 30+ jobs to uxbridge. The road is not a town road it is a state road. With 30+ truck a day comes with fuel, food witch will be bought in town (more income in South Uxbridge) and we all know south needs it.

Erica Chick
Erica Chick
  • Eli Laverdiere

While it might bring 30+ jobs, Jen says only 5 jobs, how many of those jobs will be given to those living in Uxbridge? There's no guarantee. I agree that Uxbridge needs more business, but why a business like that? Why not another Fuzzy Grape? Both are equally toxic.

Eli Laverdiere
Eli Laverdiere

#1 Is bring business to town, #2 if the owner of the land can't do this he will rebuild the two family and with new kids coming to town will cost the town about 48,000 a year. #3 with this new business coming to town about a 3 mil investment that means the town will get about $80,000 - $90,000 a year. To make asphalt you do not use chemicals . Look at the one in Millbury next to homes and it doesn't stick . Bring it in we need!

Jeff Hill
Jeff Hill
  • Eli Laverdiere

$80,000-$90,000 is peanuts. That's roughly $12 a year for each taxpaying citizen. Or $1 per month or $0.25 per week if I want to act like a car salesman to prove how cheap it actually is.

Uxbridge needs to focusing on at least attempting to build business that attract people to town that can afford slightly higher taxes. By making it even more of a dump, it just scares them away. Forever creating a cycle of no significant business growth. Poor development including construction crews...

$80,000-$90,000 is peanuts. That's roughly $12 a year for each taxpaying citizen. Or $1 per month or $0.25 per week if I want to act like a car salesman to prove how cheap it actually is.

Uxbridge needs to focusing on at least attempting to build business that attract people to town that can afford slightly higher taxes. By making it even more of a dump, it just scares them away. Forever creating a cycle of no significant business growth. Poor development including construction crews designing roads going every which way- which no one seems to care because right now the town has sanctions implemented against builders limiting them to a low amount of new construction each year. But eventually everyone will realize town town has run out of room to grow and businesses will perpetually continue to avoid coming to town.

The town is going to have an endless cycle of bad decision making. It's just going to run itself into the ground again in 25 years until the kids growing up today don't want to/ can't afford to have an increase in tax when their kids need a new school.

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO DEMAND THAT THE UXBRIDGE PLANNING BOARD VOTES NO AND DENIES THE PROPOSAL FOR A SPECIAL PERMIT TO ALLOW AN ASPHALT PLANT IN THE TOWN OF UXBRIDGE ON JANUARY 9, 2013.

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo
  • Jennifer Gallo

I know that this is a little wordy.... but please read why you should sign this petition!!! Thank you!

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo
  • Jennifer Gallo

This is the same Town Manager who stated:
1. On 12/17/12 that the Uxbridge residents removed this Bylaw in Nov 2011 at the Town Meeting when we voted to change the definition of Manufacturing in our town.
2. Who said on 12/17/12 after we as residents were NOT allowed to speak at a citizens forum and I quote "it is not the Town Officials job to spoon feed the Uxbridge residents information about Bylaw changes".
3. This man gets paid over $100,000 a year by the town to have a 4 day work...

This is the same Town Manager who stated:
1. On 12/17/12 that the Uxbridge residents removed this Bylaw in Nov 2011 at the Town Meeting when we voted to change the definition of Manufacturing in our town.
2. Who said on 12/17/12 after we as residents were NOT allowed to speak at a citizens forum and I quote "it is not the Town Officials job to spoon feed the Uxbridge residents information about Bylaw changes".
3. This man gets paid over $100,000 a year by the town to have a 4 day work week and allow an absolute circus to go on in the Uxbridge Town Hall.... Lets have him stop blaming Uxbridge Residents and have him take accountability for his lack of management skills.
4. His contract is up with the town of Uxbridge in March 2013... I think we need a NEW TOWN MANAGER... anyone?
I WANT TO SEE THIS INFORMATION FROM OUR TOWN LAWYER IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT NOT A PHONE CONVERSATION...

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo
  • Jennifer Gallo

This was posted on the Telegram and Gazette Website under comments under the above story link from today
To be fair to all I wanted to share this with you...
And it appears that I was incorrect in saying that the Town Manager makes $100,000 a year.... I do truly apologize for that and I stand corrected on that point alone.... and only that point the rest of what I said is truthful and again my opinion (as a disclaimer) ....

For all you fact checkers out there, here's what I have found out:

This was posted on the Telegram and Gazette Website under comments under the above story link from today
To be fair to all I wanted to share this with you...
And it appears that I was incorrect in saying that the Town Manager makes $100,000 a year.... I do truly apologize for that and I stand corrected on that point alone.... and only that point the rest of what I said is truthful and again my opinion (as a disclaimer) ....

For all you fact checkers out there, here's what I have found out:

FACT: In 1995, Town Meeting enacted a bylaw prohibiting asphalt manufacturing. Unfortunately, this bylaw seems to have never been added to the written version of the zoning bylaws.

FACT: In 2008, Town Meeting voted to accept recodified and revised zoning bylaws, which did not include the 1995 bylaw, which had been omitted from previous codifications. This action effectively repealed the 1995 bylaw. No citizen challenged any of the revisions, including the omission of the 1995 bylaw, either before TM vote, or after, during the statutory appeal period.

FACT: In 2011, Town Meeting voted to amend the zoning use table, allowing manufacturing in an industrial zone. Town Meeting also approved the addition of the definition of the word "manufacturing" to the zoning bylaws. No citizen challenged the validity of the amendments to the zoning bylaws, either prior to TM or after.

FACT: In 2012, a developer proposes a plan to put an asphalt manufacturing plant in Uxbridge. Residents in the area of the plant decry the fact that the 1995 bylaw, which no longer exists, is being ignored. Emotions run high, conspiracy theories are posited, and words spill from lips and pens/keyboards, many unfiltered by reason.

Where was our outrage in 2008 and 2011? Perhaps we DO need to be spoon-fed information from the Town, from time to time. Don't we, as residents, bear some responsibility here? We seem to have missed a couple of opportunities.

Finally, off the topic, but relevant, since we're checking facts:

FACT: According to the Town Manager's employment agreement, which I requested and received, he was paid $80,000 in his first year and got a 2% raise in his second, bringing his salary to a little under $82,000.

If we keep our allegations factual and our thoughts critical ("keep it real," as my kids would say), we might get somewhere here....

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo

Planning board decision re: asphalt plant in Uxbridge to be announced on Jan 23, 2013 @ 7 pm Uxbridge town hall....
http://www.uxbridge-ma.gov/Pages/UxbridgeMA_PlanningAg/2013/01232013.pdf

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo

We had over 300 signatures between this online and the hand written petition! Way to go Uxbridge!!!!!!

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo

I am really proud of the uxbridge town residents who came to the meeting... Thank you!!!! We were able to speak at the meeting and were able to bring up concerns that we had... Now it is up to the planning board people to do the right thing... I am off to have a large glass of wine :)

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