To the editor:
In response to Bill Dwyer letter of Tuesday, May 16, about the condition of the roadways in Milan and the roadways in Berlin.
Again, Bill, a little education goes a long way in the complaint department. First off, the roads you were traveling on are owned by the state of New Hampshire. They have their own equipment and their own schedule of task completion separate from the municipalities of Milan, Berlin and Dummer.
We hire out to an independent contract (small business owner) in Vermont to sweep the sand from our town-designated roadways. And due to scheduling, we have to sit and be patient for this entrepreneur to fit us into his very busy, seasonal schedule. He was here last Wednesday and has not returned to finish. We, as kind residents, will remain reticent awaiting his return.
As for the skate park: What have you done to allow this project to come to fruition? I know there has been money designated by the city for the project, but I suspect it is not enough to implement, thus requiring actions by a community-oriented committee to partner with the city.
As Paul Grenier and I recently discussed, words are one thing, actions are another. If you want something done, many times you have to be the catalyst and the elbow grease in the process, not just the squeaky wheel. I recently saw volunteers out painting the retaining wall on upper Glen Avenue (thank you, Tristen Robertson, Heather Piche and friends!).
I manage the Heritage Garden at the Brown Co. House, which is owned by Tri-County Community Action Project, with no budget. I have made improvements in Veteran's Park, Community Park and happily assisted with the great initiative to clean up Dead River Park. Where were you? We, as a family, just finished an improvement project at the Horne Field Tennis Courts that required a budget of under $500, community support and determination to get it done. I can't wait to see you out hitting some balls. The point is that it takes little effort to get big results.
On Friday, Berlin will once again host its Downtown Day of Caring. I hope you will join us, but this is not the first time I have invited you to put your money where your mouth is and join in on the rejuvenation and beautification of Berlin.
I am on a personal journey to leave no park in Berlin untouched with some of my tender loving care. Rather than establishing goals for everyone else to accomplish, try setting some goals for yourself. The greatest compliment would be to have "fiercely outspoken" and "not lazy" on my tombstone, but I have work to do before I succumb to perpetual recline. What will your epithet read?