Letter: Greenfield’s climate

I’m not quite sure what Isaac Mass had in mind when, in the recent debate, he accused the current Town Council of spending time “undermining their constituents’ quality of life.” But a quick look at The Recorder over the past couple of weeks offers a different perspective. Here are some of the stories:

∎ Greenfield Argotec buys Easthampton Company to increase capacity and meet growing demands.

∎ Splash Park! Greenfield secures $200,000 grant, needs $50,000 from town to install water playground at Hillside.

∎ New crop takes over family farm — fourth generation to run Smiarowski Farm.

∎ Bulk rate electricity almost reality for Greenfield — plan would allow town not only to save money, but to sell electricity at lower rates to residents and businesses.

∎ Editorial praising decisive selection for Superintendent — Jordana Harper-Ewert, who gives every indication that she has the intelligence, passion and energy to effectively lead Greenfield Public Schools.

∎ Greenfield named Playful City USA third year in a row — in recognition of efforts to improve parks and recreation locally.

∎ FRTA forum: More buses will lead to more riders.

∎ Agricultural census: County farm business booming.

∎ Steak and seafood restaurant coming to Federal Street.

∎ GCC receives $100,000 toward matching funds for annual fundraiser.

It is to the credit of the current Town Council and mayor that, while not always agreeing, they have been able to find a way to communicate and cooperate in a manner that allows them to get things done. They have created a climate in Greenfield that encourages businesses and talented people to want to locate here. In these times when many towns are failing, this is an achievement not to be taken lightly. I suggest that the incumbents who are running for re-election (Mark Wisnewski, Alfred Siano, Hillary Hoffman, Steve Ronhave) have proven themselves to be effective, and should be returned to office on June 10.

VALORIE SCOTT

Greenfield

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