To the editor:
After reading with great interest the many articles pertaining to the proposed development of the former DeSisto School property in Stockbridge, I feel the need to address some of my concerns posed by reality.
The town water supply was privately owned until the town purchased the company in 1972. It supplies limited areas of the town. It does not supply the town area north of Stockbridge Bowl, most of the cottages around Stockbridge Bowl, most of Prospect Hill, all residents in the Furnace District, as well as the outer parts of town.
Will there be a need for hydrants for fire protection? Because of the location of the development, will ithave an early draw from the water tower? Will this affect the pressure from a user farthest away? Is there going to be an engineer’s survey of Averic Lake (Echo Lake) regarding the lake capacity, present pumping station and tower(s)?
Another concern is the sewer plant. Will it accommodate this additional flow of sewage and can the equipment keep it moving to the plant?
Trash collection will need more attention. Will the present containers need to be moved for disposal more often?
Can the town post office accommodate more mailboxes or will this development use RFD?
My other concerns are about the need for more streetlights, especially in parking lots, cell phone accessibility, school bus pickup on Route 183, and will the wiring for both telephone and electricity be placed underground or overhead? There has been mention of a farm and gardens. This would increase demand for water in town.
Over the years, Stockbridge has had many developers and fast food services seeking to establish a place in town. The bylaws and zoning have kept the town a beautiful and well-maintained community. Town officials have stood firm over the years in abiding by the zoning laws and bylaws.
I am a third generation resident, temporarily residing out of town. I served as town secretary, census taker, and for a number of years on the Finance Committee and many other town organizations. My hope is that all of the concerns that I have mentioned will be carefully considered before any action is taken.
As Margaret French Cresson stated in the Laurel Hill Association’s “Stockbridge,” “Stockbridge, a lovely village in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts, is peacefully situated in the heart of a quiet valley. God has been good to this town for its beauty is a natural gift.”
Kathleen Wade Opperman
April 19, 2017
Read the letter in The Eagle here