An important issue

EDITOR: Thank you for the objective reporting of the proposed Sayre Zoning changes. If anyone reading this lives in Sayre, or has property in Sayre, they should plan on attending the public hearing to be held Feb. 28 (Thursday night) at 6 p.m. at the Public Works Building on Thomas Avenue.

As reported, the planning commission makes recommendations based on technical issues and public input.

Many of Attorney Foster's proposals have some technical issues which will create other costly issues if approved. Others have totally removed the protective measures put into place when an original zoning decision was made. Many of the decisions provided protection to the citizens of a surrounding residential area.

A prime example is the First Citizens Bank which has buffers and maintains the small green space of a park nearby. This allows growth but with public voice and input regarding how a new changes will affect them. Many times the citizens are all in favor of a new change. However, going forward, an approval of the proposed change could result in a bar, all-night convenience store or other business with long hours eventually taking over that area.

None of the recommendations are stopping expansion nor constricting growth. They are simply preserving the right of the citizen to speak up and be heard. Any business or citizen can STILL ask for a change by following proper procedures and regulations. All that happens is that business are not given carte blanche to move forward.

Right now, many residents believe they are not affected by all the hub-bub in the paper, but time will show differently. Once houses are removed from the tax roles, who will get to pay the difference in taxes lost - they will. Who will handle the sewer bill increase and cost of garbage pick-up - they will.

Sayre is land-locked so what else will happen when more houses come down - rents will increase - that is if you can find a property to rent. Families will not be able to exist and there goes your school district.

There is the possibility of road closure and additional noise and traffic in areas that never thought they would be impacted.

As far as medical campus growth, wouldn't it be best to be able to speak out against a loading dock right out your front window so you don't have semis coming down your road, or have to see stretchers with body bags? I'd rather not have garbage pick-up outside my front door at 3 a.m.

All that is asked for our citizens is to preserve the freedom of speech that they have so they can speak out about will impact them. Is that too much to ask?

Jan Scott