Please vote NO on Question 2 on Nov. 5. The property in question was acquired by the town as a beautiful historic farm under the Green Acres program in the 1960s.
I am concerned that North Kingstown residents are not fully informed about question 2. The property on Hamilton-Allenton Road was originally purchased by the town using Green Acres funding (rigl 32-4). The purpose of this law was “..to acquire lands for recreation and conservation purposes and to make grants to assist local units to acquire lands for recreation and conservation. The law defines this as, “agriculture, parks, natural areas, forests, camping, fishing, wetlands and marsh lands preservation, wildlife habitat, hunting, golfing, boating, winter sports, scenic preservation, and similar uses for public outdoor recreation and conservation of natural resources.”
The purpose this land was acquired for was to provide open space and undeveloped park land and protection of natural resources. The town has totally abused this property and mismanaged it, first using it as a town dump and now a proposed solar farm.
I say “No!” This proposed solar project is another joke on town residents, adding an industrial use on this property for short term benefits and at the further expense of the local ecology. The local residents do not want to see an industrial solar farm in this rural area. The concrete and steel infrastructure will further degrade this property that has just started to recover from its former abuses by the town. Please vote no on Question 2.
Brian C. Tefft