To the Editor:
As the old saying goes, you can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time. It is with Edgewood, a $2 million compromise solution to a $4 million problem. The acquisition of Edgewood would seem to offer something for everybody, and yet there are those that are unhappy.
With Edgewood, the town gets a bigger, better pool, an ADA-compliant bathhouse, six USTA-grade tennis courts, a new playground and a basketball court, all for significantly less than the cost of the required upgrades at Ballantine. There are some residents who refuse to see Edgewood for the opportunity it is.
Is it the two-minute longer drive? Or the fact that Edgewood is in Middlebury, even if it’s just over the border by half a mile? These are minor inconveniences, nowhere near significant enough to justify passing on the property in lieu of a project twice the cost down the road.
The reality is, there is no perfect pool solution that will make everybody in town happy. As someone who supports the idea of a town pool, I’m willing to sacrifice the extra half mile for a better, less expensive solution than pin my hopes to an inferior, expensive project that may never see the light of day.