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What Would You Improve in Middlebury & Woodbury in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Middlebury and/or Woodbury, what would it be?

 

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what can be done in Middlebury and Woodbury to make the towns an even better place to live?

Some topics of change discussed this past year are what kinds of businesses residents want to see come to town, zoning regulation revisions in Woodbury and outsourcing police dispatch in Middlebury.

What's on your Middlebury or Woodbury wish list? What's one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here.

Michael A Fasano January 01, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Increase the tax base by incentives to the business community
Kristin Ingersoll January 01, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Filling the vacant buildings in Woodbury.
Momof4 January 01, 2013 at 03:24 PM
1. Get rid of all the children hating geriatrics who keep voting against education and improving our schools. 2. Put a pool in our park, so that families are not subjected to that disgusting pond. 3. Fill vacant buildings with a dunkin doughnuts, youth friendly businesses, and an affordable gym. All of this and then some would be a great improvement for Woodbury!
socrates January 01, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Put an end to spiking salaries for pension purposes and stop paying obscene salaries and benefits to school Superintendents.
Sean M January 01, 2013 at 06:33 PM
If you want to do that, you had better replace Planning Commission and Zoning Commission members.
Karin January 02, 2013 at 04:33 AM
Create a teen center - more specifically a bowling alley/rec center that is managed and run by the teens with an adult supervisory comittiee - gives them a place to hang out and gives them ownership in it while gaining valuable real-world experiences.
Voice of Reason January 02, 2013 at 02:36 PM
1. Many of those "children hating geriatrics" are responsible for making towns such as Woodbury a nice place to live and desirable for folks to move to. Folks that then want to change the town to what it was that they wanted to move from. Why don't you offer to supplement the tax bill of those child hating geriatrics so they can continue to live in town and you can still have the things you'd rather have given to you? It's not a vote against education, it's a vote for accountability and fiscal prudence. 2. Put a pool at your house and invite just your friends. Then you won't be subject to that "disgusting pond" or even the unwashed masses either. 3. Residents of Woodbury have voiced their opinion on Dunkin Donuts in the past. Alas, perhaps this was before you lived in Woodbury? I do like the idea of businesses geared towards the younger crowd and the idea of the affordable gym. You do realize that you are free to use your own capital and open a youth friendly business or an affordable gym? I do know that those with available rents in Woodbury would be happy to have you fill that space. Why do people move to a town they like and then want to change it to what they left? I see this in Woodbury, I saw it in Southbury and Middlebury among other towns. It's a pervasive problem in many locales and seems pathological to me. Roxbury, Kent, Washington etc have bucked the trend but by and large they are far the other way.
Voice of Reason January 02, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Incentives wouldn't even be needed, just stop being anti-business. Woodbury has a problem with certain Board members that appear to just want a bedroom community.
Voice of Reason January 02, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I always thought it was a shame that the Woodbury Lanes was closed and demolished years ago. One thing that every community should have is a gathering place for youths.
Sean M January 02, 2013 at 02:58 PM
The regulations that have kept businesses like Dunkin Donuts out would probably not survive a court challenge. A town cannot prohibit franchises while allowing other similar businesses. But then again, boards and commissions have ignored proper procedures and the law for years.
Sean M January 02, 2013 at 04:33 PM
We do not need to give incentives. Take the disincentives away. Start with lowering property taxes. The way to do that is start with Region 14. Jerry Stomski has done a terrific job on the town side. What we do not need to do is throw money at the problem. Then you have to attack the Zoning Commission. Overton must be overturned. He is the single biggest hurdle to progress. Ask yourselves why he has been allowed to stay as chairman, despite all the things he has done. Businesses exist to make money. They make money by providing a service or products that people in the marketplace want to purchase. What has gone on is decades of regulations that unreasonably increase the cost of applying for a business, plus regulations that are unreasonable and harass businesses. Take for example the current enforcement on Flooring America. They stated when they came in for their permit they would keep a company van on premises. They have done that. They received a letter of potential violation and a cease and desist without ever naming the specific regulation they were accused of violating. In fairness, I missed this also. This sloppy stuff happens because the few people paying attention on zoning are busy with fighting off Overton from his games. The rest are disengaged and uninformed. .
Patrick DiSarro January 03, 2013 at 03:22 AM
I want the best for our kids AND I hope to grow old here. No need to create generational warfare.
That Guy January 04, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Give people a reason to even live in town. Also end Stomski's censorship and gradual passive-aggressive dismantlement of vital town offices.
Voice of Reason January 04, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Can you provide examples of this censorship and dismantlement of vital town offices? Like many I've spoken with I've been of the opinion that Mr. Stomski has been doing a fine job.

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