Let’s see the plan for Brox

>All right, let’s wait and see:

Wait and see what? The environmental­ly responsible design that Milford Town Administrator Mark Bender has prom­ised for the area of the Brox property where the town would like to build two multipurpose sports fields.

At a recent meeting, Bender said the town has focused on environmental as­pects of the field plan and will meet with the New Hampshire Fish and Game De­partment to address the issue of endan­gered wildlife, which includes the Bland­ing’s turtle and the hog-nosed snake.

Suzanne Fournier, of the Brox Envi­ronmental Citizens group, is skeptical and has been skeptical not only of this plan, but of any plan to develop Brox. At the recent meeting, she said of the en­dangered species on the property, "They can’t just be shooed away like a flock of pigeons."

She’s right about that. Try shooing a snake.

We have no reason to think that Bend­er and selectmen are anything but sin­cere when they say the town will come up with that "environmentally respon­sible design," and we have no problem giving him the benefit of the doubt. We hope, though, that the design will be made public soon, because this battle over developing Brox has been going on for a long time and shows no sign of end­ing.

The problem is, though, that we also give credence to Town Recreation Di­rector Arene Berry and members of the Milford Community Athletic Association who insist that Milford is in desperate need of more sports fields.

Too many kids are spending too much time sitting around not involved in any physical activity, so if it takes more sports fields to get them off the couch and out running around, we’re for it.

But:

We are also for the hog-nosed snake and the Blanding’s turtle. Of course we know that few of us have ever seen either, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. Brox isn’t a zoo. But they’re there, and they were there before Milford bought the property.

The question is, now that Milford has the property, will the snakes and the tur­tles continue to live there in safety?

The town’s plan, we hope, will answer that question clearly. And quickly.