This Friday, Belgrade voters will be asked to change an ordinance to allow other towns to drop off trash at the Belgrade Transfer Station.

There has been almost no information from town officials about this referendum. The newspaper had one sentence about it recently, and the Belgrade quarterly newsletter, which I received in the mail on Saturday, contains no information about this referendum question.

The ordinance now prohibits other towns from using the Belgrade Transfer Station. In 1989, voters defeated a referendum to make it a regional transfer station. This process included public meetings and information shared with townspeople regarding the referendum, and included both a secret ballot and a special town meeting.

I urge others to join me in voting against this ordinance on Friday. Belgrade residents need more time to gather information before deciding on an issue that could potentially affect the roads and the amount of traffic in our rural town for years to come.

Voting is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Center for All Seasons.

Regina CoppensBelgrade