Partnerships Produce Results
By Mayor Charlene Lovett
As this is my last article as Claremont’s Mayor, I thought it fitting to reflect on all that we have accomplished over the last six years. Through partnerships and collaboration, we have experienced economic growth, improved our infrastructure, and increased our attractiveness as a destination point for outdoor recreation. These efforts have earned the City numerous awards at both the state and federal level, reflecting our commitment to being a vibrant and prosperous community. Below is a sampling of what we have achieved since 2016.On the economic front, we have seen development throughout the City. On Charlestown Road, McGee Toyota and Claremont Ford both relocated and built new dealerships, significantly expanding their capacity to serve customers. On the Washington Street Corridor, new businesses such as Hobby Lobby and Unity Stone Supplies opened, and a new car wash facility is currently being built. Others, such as the State Liquor Store, relocated and expanded. North Country Smokehouse built a state-of-the-art facility in Syd Clarke Industrial Park, expanding operations to meet national demand.In the City Center, a condemned building was completely renovated into 36 apartments and new commercial space, earning the developer a state Preservation Alliance Award. Other buildings that have stood vacant for years have been or are now being renovated, bringing new businesses and 84 market rate units to the City. After 60 years of discussion, the Pleasant Street Project is underway, expanding business opportunities and outdoor seating capacity for local restaurants.We have made a significant investment in our intermodal transportation system. Increased funding in our road system has allowed us to pave more streets and improve safety features such as traffic light systems along our busiest corridors. Millions have been spent in construction at our municipal airport, resulting in a new terminal, more hangar space, and runway upgrades. Improvements at the Claremont Amtrak Stop have created better lighting and improved handicap accessibility, and on-site station hosts provide assistance to passengers. Routes for our public bus transportation system have expanded, connecting riders in the Claremont area to Lebanon for the first time.Investments in our water distribution system have improved water quality and population health outcomes. Today, the Whitewater Reservoir, part of the Whitewater Watershed and described as one of the most pristine watersheds in the state, is our primary water source and the Sugar River is used only as a backup. A concerted effort to get all lead components out of the system has resulted in zero lead being detected for the third year in a row. The construction of a solar field at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and other upgrades have increased efficiencies and lowered operating costs. These efforts combined have earned the City multiple awards, including the Department of Environmental Services Source Water Protection Award, the Municipal Energy Champion Award and the Environmental Protection Agency Region One Environmental Merit Award.Because of the commitment of outdoor enthusiasts in the city, Claremont has become a regional, national and international destination point for multiple activities. As a result of our advocacy at the state, we received the funding to replace the roof on the Arrowhead Ski Lodge and install insulated doors and windows, and a new heating system. These upgrades in combination with the dedication of many volunteers have made Arrowhead Ski Area a destination point for low-cost skiing and tubing for families in New England and beyond. Upgrades to downhill biking trails at both Moody Park and Arrowhead has elevated the City’s position as a destination point for mountain biking. Claremont’s trails at Arrowhead are now the training grounds for collegiate and professional level racing, as well as the site for Eastern States Cup Enduro Race.Over the years, volunteers, city employees, elected officials, businesses and non-profits have worked together to accomplish this and more. As we move into 2022, let’s build upon this momentum through continued collaboration and partnerships. It has been an honor to serve as your mayor and a privilege to be a part of making Claremont a more vibrant and prosperous community.Charlene Lovett is the Mayor of Claremont and welcomes your feedback. Please email questions, comments or concerns to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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