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Who is running the show in town?

To the editor:

Why is Francestown unable to enforce its own laws? For 11 years, Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride has not complied with the town’s lighting ordinance, but they have never faced a penalty. In 2012, the rules were again invoked when the ski area opened its new trails. “Shields on the lights” was the requirement, but again, Crotched blew off the town.

Last December, a second Francestown board required Crotched to shield its lights but the ski area has not complied. The town now seems to be swallowing multiple “the dog ate my homework” type of excuses from the ski area as to why the light shields are still not in place.

The town has entrusted its code enforcement officer with getting Crotched into compliance, but the ruling authority of the town, the Select Board, is mute. This is purely a case of following the law that the voters of Francestown put in place decades ago.

But Crotched Ski has no respect for the law or the wishes of Francestown, it’s all about the bottom line and, sadly, once again it appears that they have complete control of this process.

Regionally, Crotched Ski has ripped a once-beautiful ridgeline apart with the sloppy, amateurish choice and placement of lights. The Monadnock region always operates as a team, such as sharing police and fire resources as needed. It is time for Francestown to help the Monadnock region reclaim its dark night sky and tell Crotched Ski “that here you play by our rules,” and then enforce it.

Ted Leach Hancock

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