To the Editor:
The redevelopment program was approved by the voters of Hull at the largest town meeting in the history of Hull, 1,645 voters. Ninety percent of those voting approved the program.
Federal and state governments approved the program and funded it with millions of dollars and oversaw the program. In conjunction with the funding, the federal government established a workable program that necessitated the local community to make improvements yearly in order to continue to receive federal monies. One of those improvements was a full-time building commissioner and department.
Because of our successful urban renewal program, the town received federal funds for community development. These funds were used to improve the neighborhoods in our community.
The Hull Redevelopment Authority was responsible for relocating 125 individuals and numerous businesses; taking of 76 buildings; and demolition and clearance of the area, which the federal and state governments had ruled substandard. These actions were taken and approved by both governments.
It is now time for the people of Hull and their governmental boards to work with the current HRA to come up with a development that will broaden our tax base and improve the entrance aesthetically to most of the town. It can be done and must be done.
Charles E. Gould
Hull Redevelopment Authority