continued CACC member David VanLuven said the citizens group over time became gridlocked, and saw this proposal as a way of renewing the effort to preserve open space.
“It's irresponsible for the town not to have an open space program,” he said.
At the end of the evening there was no vote taken, and all that was truly clear is that a debate has been reignited.
“We clearly have two different sets of opposing viewpoints and opinions, and clearly we need to come to a compromise,” Councilman Kyle Kotary said.
Councilman Mark Hennessey said he's glad the discussion is out in the open. He argued that those who want the town to get involved in open space preservation, including members of Bethlehem Tomorrow, do not constitute a special interest group.
“They're your neighbors,” he said. “The fabric of a community is stitched together by the things we share.”