Published in the Independent Sept 13, 2016 by Henry Christle
Dear Littleton Residents:
Littleton needs our help; Littleton cannot preserve itself. Our Town is worth saving as a desirable, semi-rural place to live. But, developers view the Town as a target to cash in on.
In my opinion, the Littleton Sewer Committee (LCSFSC) and their chief consultant, CRWA and Mr. Zimmerman, have only one objective: the creation of the Town’s “municipal sewer commission” as a means to grow the Common. Really, who wants to grow the Common? Where are the professional studies that show the need for and economic benefit from development of the Common?
LCSFSC has been actively advocating “municipal” sewer for the Common for 3 years now. Called “smart” sewer, it’s a solution without a problem. High density areas, like Boston, Worcester and Lowell, need sewer for health reasons. Littleton does not.
The Common does not need municipal sewer. IBM, The Point and Corner Stone Square (in Westford) have privately funded sewer, for which the taxpayers have no legal or financial responsibility.
Sewering the Common is the proverbial “foot in the door”, because it requires that the voters approve and provide for engineering costs and take legal and financial responsibility for a non-private, municipal sewer project.
The municipal sewer stakes are very high. Chelmsford’s sewer cost to date is $165M, Tewksbury’s is over $200M. If Littleton lets the foot in the door, we will end up like Tewksbury with ever-rising tax increases to support and maintain the system.
Please, folks, this is a chance for us to apply good, old-fashioned Littleton common sense. Despite the sales pitch, Sewer is sewer — AND WE DON’T NEED TO SPEND ANOTHER $558K, which is being asked for at November 4th Town Meeting, to continue with this unneeded project. Smart citizens will vote “no” on “smart” sewers.