To the editor:
I’m writing to offer my full and total support for Bob Domnitz’s reelection to the Planning Board. I hope that all Lincolnites will rally behind someone who cares about Lincoln’s neighborhoods and who has the track record to prove it.
Those of us who remember a Planning Board that was routinely dragged into court to defend itself against cell tower companies, nonprofits and aggrieved property owners—and then frequently lost—acknowledge that Bob’s attention to detail and his unique legal and engineering background are two of the main reasons this board has been lawsuit-free in recent years.
Bob is both an engineer and a lawyer. Bob’s technical background and knowledge of the inner workings of the cell tower industry and how it goes about siting its towers have kept cell towers from popping up all over town. Cell tower developers have been stymied by Bob’s unique approach (he should patent it) to flummoxing their requests. In addition, his warrant article advocating for an extension of the zoning setbacks to 75 feet for nonresidential uses in residential neighborhoods is protecting every Lincoln neighborhood.
Bob serves as the Planning Board’s representative to the Rt. 2 Oversight Committee. Believe me when I tell you that he’s the only independent voice really working to protect the town’s interests on that hideous construction project. The contractor would like to use cheaper materials and MassDOT would like to cut costs on the project, but Bob continues to be a thorn in their sides, holding them to the terms of the contract. Without his continued work, the Lincoln section of that highway could end up looking a lot uglier. Now is not the time to change horses midstream, while this project is still going strong.
In fact, Bob is the voice of skepticism whenever Massport, Minute Man National Park, or any other state agencies, private developers or nonprofit organizations try to sell the town a bill of development goods. Bob can see through the smoke and mirrors and can be counted on to come down on the neighborhood’s side.
But perhaps most important to me, unlike most other (by that I mean all) town officials, Bob has a sense of humor. His large-minded perspective, his camaraderie with other board members and his sense of irony have lightened the mood at many a Planning Board meeting, and given a choice, I’ll always vote for the candidate with a good sense of humor.
Reelect Bob Domnitz so the he may continue to protect Lincoln.
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