Added Parking Questioned at Stafford Municipal Complex

New Water Meters Coming for Perry’s Lake
Sep 26, 2018

Stafford is about to spend upwards of a quarter-million dollars to expand its parking lot at the municipal complex, and some folks are wondering if it’s a practical expense.

During public comment, residents Paul Krier and Dawn Papatheodorou both voiced opposition to the town’s purchase of the lot adjacent to town hall for the eventual purpose of overflow parking. Krier said he simply didn’t see the necessity. Papatheodorou agreed. As many times as she has been to town hall, on different days at different times, she has never seen the parking lot packed, she said. To spend over $235,000 on additional parking, she said, “I just don’t think our taxes should go up because of that.”

Mayor John Spodofora said the decision was made for the sake of the townspeople, to provide adequate parking. Councilman Dave Taylor said the opportunity was too good to pass up. Councilman Fessler said the town tries to look to the future and make wise decisions.

Meanwhile, Perry’s Lake residents will soon see new water meters that will bill them more fairly for usage and tie directly into the town’s water system. The landowner (Mitchell Davis, Davis Enterprises) has agreed to put up $200,000 toward the total cost of $250,000. The town will pay the balance of $50,000.

Papatheodorou wanted to know why it’s the town’s responsibility to help Perry’s Lake with water meters.

“We put your meter in, and we didn’t charge you for it,” Moran said to Papatheodorou. The neighborhood has not had individual meters, he explained. One water bill for the whole development was divided up equally among households, which wasn’t fair, because some residents spend their winters elsewhere. By upgrading Perry’s Lake’s meters with an electronic reading system, bills will be more accurate and residents will get the same treatment as everyone else in town.

Stafford adopted a historic preservation ordinance that Mayor John Spodofora said was “years in the making” between the historic commission and council.

Spodofora addressed Council President and Historic Commission liaison Paul Marchal and Tim Hart: “I’m very happy and proud to say that we have something we feel is good for Stafford Township, and will help preserve these historic landmarks and buildings, and will be something we can look forward to still being there in the future.”

Hart thanked everyone for their hard work in bringing Stafford’s history into sharper focus.

The council has also recently updated the language in the town’s fence ordinance to make it more user-friendly. “Repairing a fence should not a big deal,” Councilman Dave Taylor said.

Lastly, Stafford has announced a new liquor license for sale, with a minimum bid of $500,000. Proceeds from the sale will go directly into the town’s general fund.

— Victoria Ford

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