Sewers and economic development

14 Oct 2020 | 02:11

To the Editor:

Sewers and economic development — are these two ideas necessarily linked? The wrong kind of economic development can also lead to a dust-up of a town’s image and its self-interest.

A town breathes through its history, its architecture, its new residents who stay, its established businesses, its location, and its control of how much and how far it grows economically.

In the case of Milford Borough, an argument can be made that over-zealous building growth will ruin the beauty and shine and living texture that we have.

Certainly economic growth that improves the quality of its businesses, homes, and basic infrastructure is important. It’s the quantity that will kill us.

Sewers present the prospect of the wrong kind of economic growth, pushing aside space for grander and grander schemes of growth.

What if we dug in our heels and developed septic technology that served businesses and residences alike, and spared us the spoilage of vast construction in our commercial district, and preserved our present charm and character and livability?

Open development from sewers will take us down the wrong path to our future, and ruin what so many of us have worked so long to make special.

Milford can raise its integrity and tourism allure by being that town that resisted the wrong kind of growth, and rejected sewers.

Bill Kiger

Milford