Good morning everyone.
I wanted to thank you all for your positive support regarding our Glen proposal.
As you saw, it was another epic meeting with the Portsmouth Town Council. Despite an overwhelming public show of support for our proposal last night (so wonderful that 15 organizations and committees came out in support of our proposal in addition to many individuals), the Council seemed ambivalent and hesitant. However, we have to keep in mind that many of our conservation proposals are initially met this way by the Portsmouth Town Council. I can think of a number of past efforts such as when we asked the Town to provide a $1.28 million grant to our effort to conserve Green Valley. We had multiple meetings with the Town Council over many months before they ultimately agreed to provide our project the $1.28 million. They need time to digest these big ideas and make sure they will benefit the public.
As I understand it, the immediate next step is that the Town will send out an RFP to contractors to get official bids for the demolition of the Elmhurst School. They want to confirm the numbers that the Elmhurst Planning Committee came up with after talking with contractors. That is reasonable. It is also my understanding that the Town will be in contact with us soon.
It was truly rewarding to see a vast majority of the public last night excited about our vision of a major public waterfront park coupled with the permanent protection of the Glen. They understood that our proposal would create priceless and lasting public good. With time, the Council can see what the people are seeing.
We will continue to fight the good fight for the community. Your help in fighting this good fight is deeply appreciated because together I think we have a chance at realizing this awesome vision. Cheers!
Edward Sortwell Clement, Jr., Esq.
Aquidneck Land Trust
790 Aquidneck Avenue
Middletown, RI 02842
Tel: 401-849-2799 ext. 12