News editorial right on the mark
Glen Lake Waterfront needed NOW
the Goffstown News published an editorial about
the Glen Lake Waterfront entitled "When will a solution be found?"
here to read the editorial). I
think they really hit the mark - again.
is the third editorial they have written on the
subject (see "Reasonable fee a reasonable idea",
published April 22nd, and "Nonresident fees at Glen Lake a good idea",
published May 6th).
Monday night, selectmen decided to create a
committee to study the issues at the waterfront
and report back in a few weeks. What's so
baffling about their continued delays in making a
decision on addressing those issues is that there
are two simple solutions staring them in the face,
both of which are no-brainers.
issues are simple to understand and clearly
acknowledged by just about everyone in
Goffstown: 1) taxpayers are footing the bill
for a waterfront park they can rarely access
themselves due to the high volume of non-residents
occupying the area, 2) the 18 parking spaces along
Elm Street are also rarely available to residents,
especially when they are occupied not only by
non-residents, but also by bicyclists who arrive
early in the morning, five or six cars strong,
remove their bikes, put on their go-fast suits,
and disappear for the day, and 3) constant
violations of the Glen Lake Beach ordinance,
including the use of alcohol, glass containers and
The solutions are also just as simple to
understand: either 1) charge a parking fee
to non-residents to help offset the cost to
Goffstown taxpayers for policing, maintenance and
the waterfront park, or 2) restrict its use to
residents only, i.e., make it a town beach as scores of other towns across
New Hampshire currently do.
It is important to note that if either solution is
boat ramp at Glen Lake would remain open to
residents and non-residents alike;
Hampshire Fish and Game would continue to
stock Glen Lake, and,
Hampshire Marine Patrol would continue to
police the lake.
remain baffled that selectman Steve Fournier seems
to be the only one who clearly understands not
only the need to resolve the issues there, but the
need to do so NOW. Fournier prefers the simplest
solution: a residents-only town beach. So do
I. And so do 75% of the residents who took our
poll on the issue in April.
We already know that selectman David Pierce is
against doing anything about the waterfront, as he
came right out and told me personally it is his
"personal preference" that Glen Lake
"remain a regional beach" (see "Pierce invented 'facts' to support his personal preference").
Too bad Pierce doesn't understand that when
serving the Goffstown community who elected him to
represent their best interests, there's no
room for his personal preferences.
Selectmen Phil D'Avanza has been spouting his
usual sky-will-fall rhetoric with all sorts of
claims - all subsequently proven false - that the
lake would no longer be stocked, Marine Patrol
would stop patrolling, and restrictions to both
beach access or parking would have to be instituted at
every other public facility in town. More
As for selectman Nick Campasano and chairman Scott
Gross, I am especially surprised at their
continued insistence to delay a decision, since
both of them - along with Fournier - are usually
the other members of our board's clear-thinking trio.
WELFARE BEACH - THE PERFECT NAME
the last few years, I've heard scores of residents
in Goffstown refer to the Glen Lake Waterfront as
"welfare beach". If selectmen
continue to drag their collective feet on
addressing the issues there, or ultimately choose
to follow Pierce's personal preference and do
nothing at all, perhaps we should simply rename the area
The Welfare Beach Waterfront.
Chairman Gross recently lamented my reference to
this name, feigning disgust at what he apparently
thinks is some sort of reference to the income level of the
visitors at Glen Lake. He should be embarrassed
at his foolhardy conclusion.
What Gross didn't - or couldn't - understand is
that the reference is to the very definition of "welfare", a system whereby individuals
(non-residents) reap assistance and benefits that
are paid for by others (we, the taxpayers). And
that's exactly what's going on at the Glen Lake
Waterfront. We pay to police it, clean it
and maintain it for the vast majority of those who
actually use it: non-residents.
Another summer is already half gone. Let's hope
something is done before the rest of the summer
Guy Caron can be
reached via e-mail at: GuyC@GoffstownResidentsAssociation.com
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