by Todd Wellington

Thanks but no thanks says a group of property owners to Governor Howard Dean.

Hours after meeting with the governor at the Border Motel in Derby last week to discuss the recently passed clear-cutting bill, the Property Owners Standing Together's board voted unanimously to refuse an invitation from Dean to participate in the development of rules for the controversial law.

Dean, accompanied by and Forests, Parks, and Recreation Commissioner Conrad Motyka, went to Derby last Thursday to hear concerns about the law, which regulates clear cutting of parcels of 40 acres or more. Meeting with Dean and Motyka were POST representatives and several concerned citizens.

During the meet

ly back into the equation while offering more "carrots" to youth to keep them out of trouble.

He also heard that economic development here is key, but that the division of the federal and state funding pie seems to be prejudiced against the Northeast Kingdom.

"The shortfall we have here is economic development itself We find ourselves fighting for funds with (other more affluent parts of the state,)" Town Manager John Hall told Leahy.

Hall said the Northeast Kingdom seems to get short shrift when being considered for funds which would help the region economically, a stance supported by selectman and local banker Reg Wakeham.

Leahy said he has always tried to bring more money to the region and that he has ties to the area through his wife and mother, who both were born and lived here.

Another problem facing the area, and specifically St. Johnsbury, select board Chairman Gib Handy said, was that the town is a sort of mecca for other towns in the region.

The bottom line for Leahy is to get a sense from the public of what can be done. He travels to Brattleboro and Rutland today and tomorrow to hear what those communities are doing to help solve the problem of youth crime and gangs.

Copyright 1997

The Caledonian-Record

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