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Opponents Wage Battle to Stop Powder Ridge Sale

Calling the agreement with Brownstone 'a bad deal for taxpayers,' a group of residents spent Tuesday handing out literature to primary voters leaving the Community Center.

Opponents Wage Battle to Stop Powder Ridge Sale

 

Beverly and Donald Smith want to stop the town from selling Powder Ridge.

The couple spent part of Tuesday morning handing out literature to residents visiting the Middlefield Community Center to vote in Tuesday's primary.

"This is a very bad deal for the Town of Middlefield," said Beverly. "We want to see something definitely go to Powder Ridge. Just not this deal. We're going to be taking it on the chin."

Voters will head back to the polls on Thursday, when the town holds a referendum to ask voters if they approve of a $700,000 deal between Sean Hayes of Brownstone and the town.

Beverly, who was born and raised in Middlefield, said her father was the first person to survey the land. "He surveyed it on snowshoes," she said.

"We're not politically motivated at all," said Donald Smith. "This is a bad cash deal, extremely bad for Middlefield."

A paper handed out by the couple cited 12 reasons why the deal between Hayes and the town was a "bad deal" for taxpayers.

"Vote No August 16," the paper reads. "No reason to hurry. A better deal is out there."

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