It's sad to see industry leaving town. I feel for the employees. I heard Wharton Industrial approached them. I do think it would make a great Amazon distribution center. Just kidding, I think it should be open space. Eventually, the town will feel the tax burden by not encouraging new businesses to move to town or stay in town. This building pays just over $100k in taxes. The proposed warehouse at exit 9 would have brought in over $400k in taxes... meanwhile, we are worried about a handful of people who have out-of-state plates that cost the town $800 a year in property tax.
Interestingly, I have cars and two motorcycles registered in Vermont and they required a physical address in Vermont before registration. I also have a car registered in Maine and Florida, Maine was by far the easiest!
Traffic lights are not the issue. This entire issue sadly falls squarely into a disappointing credo, Not In My Back Yard. I am fairly confident that people who complain about traffic caused by traffic routing software occasionally use the same software themselves. They probably remark on a shortcut they found. It's like the people who cry for speed bumps in front of their house when the likely speed in front of everyone else's house. Basically, they want the problem fixed "right in front" of their house, or what they deal with.
I think ANY change to the traffic plan requires thoughtful study. We often implement a new plan to make improvements only to need additional bandaids. A great example is the block-the-box implementation on Walnut Tree and Elm streets. They were only necessary when the traffic count went up on the respective roads because of either new traffic lights or poorly designed turning lanes.
If you make Hall one way it will only be a matter of time until you need to do the same to Blakslee Drive and Sunset Hill.
I attended the council meeting when your husband, recently resigned council member steve hindman, clearly expressed his disdain for hiring the company before he asked questions and was not interested in learning how they could possibly help the town collect tax from people who avoid paying taxes. I clearly remember him saying something to the effect of “I think this whole thing stinks.” Asking a company to provide their financial records to the town council was completely inappropriate. He proved he was either trying to push them away or proved he was incompetent to be a council member in the first place. Did he know that if the company submitted the financial information to the council it automatically becomes public record under the Freedom of Information Act? What company on earth would subject themselves to that and put their financials out there for anyone to see? Whether or not the company was hired, our town is better off without council members like Hindman who put their personal agenda before what's best for the entire town.