The Citizens for a New Vision announced today that they have collected 176 signatures on a petition aimed at keeping a biomass-fueled power plant from operating in the center of the city. A supplemental survey revealed that an overwhelming 82% of respondents were against using the Burgess Mill site for this type of facility. Two hundred fifty six people responded to the survey which was published online and in local newspapers.
Chair Steven Griffin stated that "The signatures obtained in a very short period of time demonstrate that the residents of Berlin are looking to shed the mill-town image that has dominated the City for decades. The Citizens For A New Vision are resolved to do everything that we can to ensure a very bright future for Berlin."
The Citizens hope that the petition, which will be delivered to City Hall later this week, will help to sway the Mayor and Council, who are believed to largely support the biomass proposal. The CFANV is advocating that Berlin’s elected officials devote much more time and resources to exploring alternative uses for the site and that they recognize that a power plant in the downtown is not in the best long-term interest of the City.
Citizens for a New Vision is a group of Berlin residents and business owners who want to ensure a bright, clean and prosperous future for Berlin, NH. The group includes local merchants, residents, and civic leaders who see the appropriate use of the mill site as key to their city's success in the 21st century.
More information is available online at www.citizensforanewvision.com.