To the Editor:
After attending a two-hour zoning board meeting with about 200 people to oppose a discount gas station and convenient store at the intersection of Pearl Street and Route 21, I came home confused, sad and baffled. My conclusion was the decision already was made on behalf of the gas station before the meeting was started, as it quickly went into motions to change variances to allow this.
Anyone there who listened to both sides would know children, safety, people and homes are of much more value than the money gained on behalf of the business.
To hear that the gas stations would be designed to fit into the neighborhood, school and church is absurd. To hear that there will be no threat or safety issues to young schoolchildren because there will be a special light for crossing is nuts. To hear that most people do not take a left turn into a gas stations so as not to back up traffic on Route 31 is silly.
All who live here feel threatened and concerned for children, homes and property. We see this as destruction. Our homes will lose their value. No on will want to live and raise a family here.
Last year’s city motto was, “Character counts,” and that is very true. I ask each council member to uphold this. It is our destiny and our legacy. You will be responsible for either saving a quiet, historical neighborhood or destroying it. Please let all of us remember the golden rule and the First Commandment.
Mary Kay Welter