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Letter to the editor: Citizens of Marlborough

To the citizens of Marlborough,

As your Council on Aging chairman, I would like to take this opportunity to express my thoughts about some positive aspects in regard to building a new Senior Center for the city of Marlborough.

My letter was made so much easier by the detailed press release of Mayor Arthur Vigeant's office on January 30, 2013.

In this letter, his office answered nine frequently asked questions.? Please visit the Senior Center at 250 main St. if you have not seen this release.

As your Chairman, I have been involved in this project from the very beginning.? I fully appreciate being asked by Mayor Vigeant to be on the RFP (request for proposal) committee to review the four properties that responded: the old post office on Mechanic Street, the Forest Street office building, the Old Meeting House on Pleasant Street, and the old Registry building location on Maple Street.? During that time, we at the COA held a community meeting to get input from those attending as to what they would like to see in a new senior center.? There was also a power point presentation depicting what other centers in our area have done in new and upgraded facilities.

This meeting was well attended and we plan on having another community meeting as soon as the project manager and architect are selected and approved by the mayor and the designer selection board.? Your input is valuable in helping build our new Senior Center, so please stay informed and look for upcoming community meetings at our existing location.

This is a great opportunity to make the seniors proud to be involved in something brand new and also to make the new center friendlier, which has been my main goal since being appointed to the COA board in 2009.? There is much excitement and anticipation by the seniors, and a lot more work to do.

I would like to invite people who have not visited our present center to see how much we have accomplished with so little we have to work with, and how much more we can offer with a new Senior Center.

In closing, I believe Ward Park is the perfect location for the new Senior Center and will help enhance the park itself and for the park neighbors as we move forward.

Jim Confrey

Chairman, Council on Aging

Short URL: http://communityadvocate.com/?p=31263

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1 Comment for “Letter to the editor: Citizens of Marlborough”

  1. What about the communities response to his FAQ? Many valid concerns are made:

    http://marlborough.patch.com/articles/letter-ward-park-association-responds-to-mayor

    > I fully appreciate being asked by Mayor Vigeant to be on the RFP (request for proposal) committee to review the four properties that respondedI believe Ward Park is the perfect location for the new Senior Center and will help enhance the park itself and for the park neighbors as we move forward.<

    I'm sorry, but how is a tiny plot of land with no room for outward expansion and limited parking a perfect location? How does taking away 15 to 20% of the parks field space, space that has been public use park land for 88 years enhance the park? There is a petition with over 725 online and hand written signatures circulating (www.savewardpark.com). Residents are not against a senior center, they simply know the mayor has chosen the wrong location. Why does the city government ignore the petition and move forward as if there is no opposition? You would think someone would say "wow, 700 signatures on a petition. Maybe we should slow down a bit and have a public discussion about this".

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