Many well-spoken people argued against the vernal pool extension at the April 12 Falmouth Town Council meeting and I hope the councilors took note. I recommend the councilors take a step back and look at the process that got them to this point, which included a science project whose conclusion was a foregone conclusion and a lack of due diligence in estimating the economic impact to land owners and taxpayers.
Compensation to land owners and fees to attorneys are likely outcomes of such activism. In a legal sense, there is no justifiable public good in exceeding the state’s regulation on this subject. Therefore, such activism invites lawsuits against the city. Citizens of Falmouth are the only source of income for the town, so we must finance this party during a time where school budgets are being cut and other state and federal assistance is being reduced or cut with no end in sight.
I certainly hope that the councilors will come alive and reject this ill-conceived proposal. If they don’t, the economic exposure for taxpayers should dictate that this proposal be sent to the voters.