By Brendan Denovan
How can Mr. Griffin state that Chelsea is in some kind of “mad rush” to implement sewer and water treatment? (“A way to stop Chelsea’s ‘mad rush’ toward suburbanization,” Sept. 18 edition.)
This issue has been discussed for years now, with every possible option explored and every opportunity for residents, businesses and developers to have their say.
Fear mongering about the “suburbanization” of Chelsea is a bit ironic, given that most people in Chelsea now work in town, and that this project might mean we’ll have more of a town for locals to work in if this gets done.
I have no fears about Chelsea suburbanization. I can see the village blossoming into a more vibrant town where people who don’t want to maintain large properties and dwellings can find their place – people like my parents, who I would like to downsize nearer to us, or other friends I know here who want to stay in Chelsea in a smaller house with as little maintenance as possible.
The information that came out of the process so far looks very positive. According to the Chelsea.ca website, the developers are financing the vast majority of the cost of this project – as much as 80 per cent. And there is a grant for 10 per cent more. New house owners will provide welcome taxes and a new tax base, which will contribute to paying off the rest with ease. It’s actually a good plan to halt our rising taxes.
Just because Chelsea plans to borrow the total amount to get the project done does not mean that Chelsea taxpayers will be on the hook for that total. Read the financial proposal.
Please – let’s stop with the hyperbole and griping about what amounts to an opportunity to make smart economic decisions and improve our village core by making it more vital and more sustainable with this investment. The village is already changing for the better with just the hint of this planned infrastructure. Look around.
So Mr. Griffin says his move to Chelsea was not a walk in the park – what I take from that is that no one else’s move to Chelsea should be either; that we all must live on one or two acre plots; build McMansions, and not be able to see our neighbours until we drive by on our commute to Ottawa and maybe give them a wave.
That sounds like a suburb to me.
Ed. note: Brendan Denovan is a resident of Chelsea, Quebec.