Opinion: Support Fieldstone Lane, Village Drive neighbors

May 3, 2022

To the editor: On May 9, we have the opportunity to officially welcome tax-paying residents with a positive impact on our town by voting yes on Article 40 and adopting Fieldstone Lane and Village Drive as public ways. 

When we vote yes on Article 40 at Town Meeting, we are siding with nurses, first responders, veterans, young professionals, retired grandparents, and families with kids at Sippican and other district schools. 

When one votes no on Article 40, they are voting against their fellow tax-paying Marion residents. Since 2017, Fieldstone Lane has contributed roughly half a million dollars in taxes to the town. As proud tax-paying Marion residents, we support, donate, and participate in our local community.

While we were promised by the Town Manager a report to our neighborhood detailing issues that officials have with the road, we have still not received one, despite several requests. 

From what we can tell in his remarks to the media, the Town Manager has expressed his concern for a “major problem … with the Hammerhead T shaped dead end.” 

Yet, the Marion Fire Department visited our street recently with their largest ladder truck to perform a turnaround, and they were quoted as being quite pleased with the configuration and its safety, especially as compared to others they have encountered in the town. 

What’s more, Waste Management has collected our trash and recycling with zero issues. A wide variety of carriers routinely deliver our packages. This road has been plowed for five years without any incident. And maintenance is expected to be a nonfactor for at least 15 years, according to the developer, due to the road’s newness. 

We are your friends, neighbors, and fellow residents. We pay full property taxes and water bills. Please tell our representatives we deserve equal rights and privileges when you vote on May 9.

Tia Getty

On behalf of the Sippican Woods neighbors