Loss of Granby’s Downtown Enhancement position a huge disappointment
December 12, 2008
To the Editor:
I just read the report that the Granby town budget has been finalized and that it includes the elimination of the Downtown Enhancement position. What a huge disappointment.
I think the new mayor and the board of trustees are completely wrong in eliminating this valuable asset to our town’s economic vitality. I held this position for nine months at the time it was initiated and heavily supported. Let me tell you, it is no small feat that Betsy Cook has accomplished all of the things that she has.
Those that choose to be naysayers and grumpy grouches out there should take a look around. Granby can promote a very challenging, skeptical, and pessimistic attitude. In her tenure, we have seen the businesses embracing positive and collective actions to be involved, we have seen landscaping, visual enhancements to the sidewalks like flower pots, hanging baskets, new flags, a vibrant Farmer’s Market, a rockin’ Oktoberfest, coordinated business meetings, updates in the paper, small business seminars and support opportunities … you get the picture.
Granby is finally becoming a place we can look around and say “wow, what a cool community.” By all means I know she didn’t do this on her own; there are many players including many volunteers, all the businesses, the town departments and the Chamber of Commerce that are equally commendable to the accomplishments.
However, without having a designated position that leads the coordination and organization of the projects that have been put in place, I think Granby will see a dramatic drop in morale and enthusiasm.
I understand that upon initial declaration of this budget cut, the town meeting was packed. I don’t understand how the decision could have been finalized when there was that kind of reaction and support from the businesses and people within our town.
Betsy, thank you. I wish you the best of luck and know you will land somewhere safely on your high heels.