Veterans’ park gets green light

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The Bethel Veterans’ Honor Roll Committee Monday got the OK to go ahead with planning for a park on tax-acquired land behind the Civil War monument on Main Street.

A personal parking issue on the property had been holding up planning. Debra Mills, who lives next door, has been parking on the edge of the property. The Honor Roll committee wanted the town to make clear no parking would be allowed because it could interfere with the design of the veterans’ area.

The issue has dragged on for several weeks as selectmen have tried to find a solution with Mills, and also because of concerns about legal issues surrounding the conveyance of the property to the town.

But after consultation with the town attorney, selectmen voted Monday to direct that a fence be built around the park property by April 15 of next year, effectively preventing parking. The arrangement would allow Mills to park through the winter until she can make other arrangements.

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