I do not question the fact that the Waterville area needs more homeless shelter space.

What I do question is why this new shelter under construction is sandwiched between two railroad tracks (one on the east side of the building and one on the west side) and a corner of the foundation not 10 feet from the go-around that connects Front Street to upper Main Street.

This shelter supposedly will have space for up to 40 persons; some of them are bound to be children.

This seems to me to be a serious safety issue from both trains and speeding motor vehicles; let alone the noise issue from trains.

Children can disappear in an instant and with trains at their front door, I believe this is a dangerous place forthe shelter to be. I can’t imagine why this space was chosen when there are far safer places to build.

Harold Withee


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