Editorial: Fix ordinance before making it law

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:

We don’t quite understand the thinking of some Greenfield town councilors when it comes to the proposed noise ordinance. While we can understand the desire to have such an ordinance in place — although we question its seeming priority over other, more urgent needs — if you agree that there are flaws with the existing proposal, why would you try to override Mayor William Martin’s veto? It’s in the best interests of the community to have an ordinance on the books that you don’t have to return to amend. We’d rather the council get the ordinance right the first time than rush and cause headaches for residents and community later.

A covered bridge update

Greenfield got some good news recently that the repairs to the covered bridge on the Green River are progressing and should be finished by November. It’s hard to realize that the bridge was damaged by Tropical Storm Irene three years ago. As much as nobody liked what happened to the bridge during the storm, the new work will allow for both pedestrian and car traffic to use it, something that’s not been possible since 2002. Maybe the town should put together a fundraising effort where the winner could be in the first car to cross on the new bridge.

Missing bluebirds in Deerfield

One of the drives we’ve always enjoyed is taking River Road in Deerfield. It’s scenic, and driving along you get to see plenty of bird life. One of the special stretches was past the farmland owned by the University of Massachusetts. What helped make it special were the bluebirds that used the houses on the fence along the road. A couple of years ago, the birdhouses were taken down and thus the bluebirds aren’t seen nearly as often. It sure would be nice to have the houses back ... are you listening, UMass?

Sharing space at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School

We urge Buckland and Shelburne residents to get involved in the “community conversation” about “unused space” at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School. The first such talk will be 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school with school and town officials. Given that the school population has been shrinking, thus opening up space there, it makes sense to see what, if anything, the community might do.

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