I am in opposition to the Vermont Railway development for many reasons. As chair of the Shelburne Community School school board, my main concern is the safety of kids. The increased train and truck traffic exposes kids walking and biking to and from school to increased danger. This increased traffic increases fire and emergency response times to the school and by fire and rescue in general for the town.
As a steward to the environment, this development puts the LaPlatte and Shelburne at risk. Storage of salt, fuel and chemicals will leak into the river basin affecting fish, plants and the only bald eagle I have seen so closely on Bay Road and the Nature Conservancy land.
Furthermore, passive-aggressive behavior by the railroad with respect to the parking lot in town and a woefully inadequate risk management plan for the storage of fuel in Charlotte as documented by their town paper leave me concerned about their local citizenship.
Please consider another site Vermont Railway.
Dave Connery, Shelburne School Board