By Tyler Hadyniak


I recently joined the town’s Planning Board, and have become quite interested in what is, in my opinion, one of the most exciting new developments going on in town: What to do with the old Skidgell lot.

This is the 10-acre plot of land in the village — adjacent to the Public Works building and near Freedom General — that has been cleaned up over the last couple of years and is now ready to be used in whatever way the town may want to explore.

It’s fun brainstorming the possibilities. The selectmen have started a Community Development Committee with the specific purpose of figuring out what to do with the lot, but resident input is always welcome. Here is a chance to make a huge difference in town. Do we have another park? A solar farm? Or keep it for agricultural purposes? Right now, anything is on the table. And who is to say the entire 10 acres is used for the same purpose?

A selfish, only semi-serious part of me wouldn’t mind seeing a regular size, open-air ice skating rink. My sparsely used hockey equipment would second my motion. I also wouldn’t mind exploring what could be done vis-a-vis renewable energy — whether that is a solar farm or not. A cellphone tower might be too much to ask, however.

If you have any ideas of what you want to see in this location, always feel free to email or call me and I will pass it on to the Development Committee.

Personally, I’ll have plenty of time to think about it over the next week and a half as I vacation in Germany. I’ll be visiting a dear friend I first made in Mount View’s 2011 German-American Partnership Program (one of the most memorable, educational, and overall worthwhile opportunities Mount View ever offered — I hope it is still available for students); visiting cousins in central Germany; then spending a few days in Berlin reliving my summer there in 2012. Hopefully, I’ll get lost in some small, rural German town along the way. I see this as my last big hoorah before fatherhood — and finally, excitedly, happening after being delayed so many times during the COVID pandemic — so I am going to try and make the most of it.

As such, my brother will be guest writing this column next week. He currently lives in Gray with his wife and 6-month-old daughter. I have no idea what he is going to write about — you’ll find out before I do!



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