As we see the downtown reconstruction taking shape, I can’t imagine how anyone could not recognize the magnitude of the achievement. As the timelines of the final paving and signage were explained at the recent BOS meeting, I couldn’t help but notice what I considered to be a look of satisfaction and pride on the face of the Chairman. Rightly so.
A year ago, I had a meeting with her where she talked about the state of the town, and the downtown in particular, after the reign of the previous Town Manager and boards. At the risk of putting words in her mouth, my recollection was that she thought it was looking particularly run down and shabby. At the time, the improvements to grounds at the Dockside had been completed and several major street projects were in process. The Train Station, regardless of how you think it should have been handled, was much improved.
Though I disagree on several significant and specific undertakings in town, I have to give credit for the big picture. It didn’t just happen. It has been years in the making and represents a vision, determination, and a lot of coordinated work that consumed an extraordinary amount of time, weathering a lot of trials and tribulations. I think that in the future this will be viewed as one of the most productive periods in the town’s recent history. Congratulations to Linda Murray.