Carolyn Sundquist, then the chairman of the board of selectmen, mocked my concerns about traffic safety on Route 171, an August 3, 2016, email reveals.
Selectman Bill Marcussen had suggested that the lanes on Route 171 (Maintain Road) could be narrowed. Route 171 is a state road, so the selectmen would not have had the final decision about the matter in any case. In response to Bill’s suggestion that the road be narrowed, I emailed the selectmen and asked them to convey to the state my concerns: Mountain Road is already narrow, and I’ve experienced several nearly head-on accidents there when oncoming cars crossed the yellow line on blind curves or hills.
Instead of taking my concerns seriously, Carolyn seems to have mocked them, joking in an email to the selectmen’s administrative secretary, Karen Koch, that I sounded “like a menace on the road” and that they “should see if he has a license.”
I don’t mind that Carolyn made a joke, but I know that I’m not the only one in town to have almost had an accident on Route 171.