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'Disturbed and embarrassed' about town's handling of Groton project

David Collins' reporting on the Oral School project was disturbing and is embarrassing to Groton citizens, “Groton overlooks oral school developer’s history of bribing officials,” (June 17). The disputed size of the project may prove to be inconsequential.

Collins being denied access to what I assume are public documents is not a good portent of things to come. If true, what is even more indicative of poor judgment is an agreement he described without defined goals and penalties, especially considering developer Jeffrey Respler's checkered history. The council and Town Manager John Burt are responsible for this project, and they should take immediate steps to inform us about exactly what has been enumerated in this agreement and what protections are in place. I must say, having had much experience with developers, that you enter into any agreement with a developer at your peril if everything is not spelled out in writing.

Bruce McDermott




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