Reader admires Carroll-Dwyer for quitting historical board
To the Editor:
I have the utmost respect for the former Milford Historical Society President, Susan Carroll-Dwyer. Her resignation from the society's board over the proposed demolition of the Sanford-Bristol House on North Street represents the depth of her ethical fiber by standing "for something.”
Although it is a shame to lose her, her decision is courageous and understandable. In stark contrast, the owner of this house, William Farrell, represents a lack of ethical standards and personal motives that are quite suspect. Although I do not pretend to know the ins and outs of the real estate process, I can only assume that Mr. Farrell knew full well what his intentions for this house had been from the very beginning of his latest real estate adventure.
If he paid for the house "in full" with cash, I would imagine that he did not have to have the house inspected by a reputable house inspector. When my wife and I purchased our home through a bank with loans, we were required to do so for the protection of the loans and for us.
If Mr. Farrell did have the house inspected, I would imagine a reputable inspector would have seen the "shortcomings" of the structure. If that inspector deemed the structure "unsafe" or "not repairable,” the choices to Mr. Farrell would have been crystal clear at that point in time. If he did not have to have an inspector evaluate the house and trusted his own "expertise" in restoring historical homes he has shown a true lack of knowledge that one would expect a member of a historical society to possess.
In either case, Mr. Farrell is unsuited to serve on any board that represents the best interests of preserving historical Milford. He either knew full well from the start of this purchase that the house was unsuitable for restoration or he truly does not have the expertise to represent my best interests.
Mr. Farrell should sell the house for the amount of money that he has invested in it with the stipulation to any prospective buyer that she/he would have to restore it.
If he has tried to become creative with solutions to the problem, he should share those with residents that sincerely care about preserving Milford's history.
This would give us all a much better understanding of the situation.