Submitted by Allan Coady
I am writing to highly recommend Armen Zildjian for membership on the Bedford Planning Board.
I have lived in Bedford since 1968 and have, like many other long-time residents, seen the many changes in town that have occurred over the years. These changes have sometimes brought about new business, housing and recreational opportunities to our community. However, far too often those very same changes also resulted in unintended consequences like classroom shortages and the traffic concerns that we all share. That is why the management of growth and change is so important for our small town.
I am the Committee Chairman for one of the Boy Scout troops here in Bedford. Armen and I often talked at the many Boy Scout meetings and camping trips that our children have both attended. I have seen firsthand Armen’s ability to listen to what is needed, and to step in to help work as a team member, not only to solve problems, but to also lead in getting the solutions across the goal line.
My 4 children have now all reached adulthood and I have come to appreciate the difficulties that their generation faces in trying to find housing. It is virtually impossible for them to stay here in town. This is partially a product of our own success and the desirability of people to want to live here in Bedford. Again, the unintended consequence of this success is the limited affordable housing for our own kids. As a parent this is something that Armen appreciates and just one of the many reasons why he wants to help manage the growth of our town.
Ultimately it is Armen’s ability to listen before espousing his own opinion I find so refreshing. He wants to hear the opinions of others, get the facts, and then offer a well thought out solution to the problem that will stand the test of time. We don’t need the short term, band aid solutions of the past. We need to plan for the future decades to come and have a leader like Armen to build and manage this long term plan.
In conclusion, I strongly encourage you to join me in voting for Armen Zildjian for Planning Board on March 13th.