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Question of the Day: Biggest Town Issues

What do you think should be a focus as your town and school boards prepare to leave 'summer mode'?

We ask Norwood Patch readers a different question every weekday at noon. Questions could range from local decisions made by officials, to state issues, to national politics and entertainment. Whatever it is, we want to know what NORWOOD thinks! To answer, use our comments section below.

Summer is a slow time for everyone, including governments. But soon, the Board of Selectmen and other town committees and boards will be off their summer schedule.

So as autumn looms, what do you think are the biggest issues facing the town of Norwood?

Colleen Reynolds August 18, 2011 at 06:03 PM
1. Increasing the revenue stream. - the town needs to re-examine the tax base, tax breaks, grants in lieu of taxes, and the possibility of charges for maintaining our infrastructure and amenities. Most towns around us with MUCH higher tax rates, pay for trash removal for example. We have it relatively good here in Norwood. 2. Reviving the town center. - We need an anchor store and a parking solution. If we want to attract shoppers we need attractive stores with a loyal shopping base. My vote is consistently Trader Joe's. They have a super loyal fan base, and will attract other like-minded businesses.
Andria August 18, 2011 at 07:34 PM
I think one of the biggest town issues is the recent, major cut to library funding. The Morrill Memorial Library is a major, and undervalued resource in the Town of Norwood. The library is full of town residents every day - using computers to look for jobs, using reference resources to do their homework, and learning how to research and find the books and materials they need from librarians. Reducing funding to the library impacts the town in a major way - much research has been done that shows that libraries, on average, have a positive impact of nearly four times the amount invested in them to a community. Just as an example, here is a study done in Columbus, Ohio that shows the economic benefits of that area's public libraries: http://9libraries.info/docs/EconomicBenefitsStudy.pdf. Towns that stop investing in their libraries stop investing in their communities.
Joe Greeley August 20, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Good morning Patch ! Kelly, thanks for this post, it’s a great forum for people to voice their opinion, and a great way for the community to better understand each other’s perspectives. As a fan of the Patch concept, and an elected member of Norwood’s Finance Commission, I appreciate the potential for feedback that we wouldn’t always get. Obviously the town’s revenue and budget limitations affect the ‘bundle of services’ the town can offer. Will the budget be the key issue for the next 12 months, or will it be the balance between affordable housing and overdevelopment ? Now that the high school is near completion (hooray !), how will the school community shift gears to take advantage of the new resources to improve the educational process ? As a community, how do we ensure that we’re dealing with immediate issues, while at the same time creating a long term strategy that we can use as our guide ? Hopefully your post, and additional responses from the community, will help us all set the course. Thanks !

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