To the Editor:

As a resident of Spring Lake Road in Sherman, I'd like to address the unidentified author who spoke against repairing the road and for using the recently awarded $150,000 STEAP grant money for other purposes, in one of several recent diatribes posted on the Sherman Republican Town Committee's Facebook page.

The criticism ignores the facts of the project's history.

To set the record straight, Spring Lake Road was one of six severely deteriorated roads identified for repair when taxpayers approved $1.5 million in bonding for infrastructure repairs back in 2007.

Of the six roads, Spring Lake Road was the most in need of repair, requiring reconstruction to correct severe drainage problems.

Its designation as a scenic road added others issues to the plan for reconstruction. Soaring costs of petroleum-based asphalt meant that not all of the proposed improvements could be completed as planned.

Instead, a combination of funds set aside for capital improvements plus funds in the road maintenance budget were set aside for the Spring Lake Road project.

When bids came in well above the estimate provided by the project engineer, the former first selectman, Andrea O'Connor, applied for a STEAP grant to supplement these other funds.

Other STEAP grant proposals submitted at the time were not selected by the state for funding. Under state guidelines, STEAP grant funds awarded for one project could not be directed toward another.

It is tiresome and disheartening to continually read inaccurate and unattributed criticism.

If the first selectman is true to his campaign promises of good will and respect, we will put a stop to this anonymous, false and divisive criticism of the past.

To paraphrase his own words, it is not "what's right for Sherman." Let's move on with good will toward all.

Jane Cohn

Sherman