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Letters and comments for March 12, 2012

Letters and comments for March 12, 2012

Homeowners disappoint 


To the Editor:

I would like to express my great disappointment with the majority of homeowners in Union. In January three Union FBLA students mailed out cash flow surveys to all the businesses and homeowners in Union. The surveys were intended to determine how to better increase and support local businesses in Union. 

Of the 1,000 surveys mailed, the students only received 84 returned. The survey took all of five minutes maximum to fill out. It did not require any cost, as they could be turned in to city hall or any Union business. How shameful that these 900-plus people did not care enough about our city to make a little effort to help these students and the community. 

Linda Dudley






Time to clean house  


To the Editor:

Why is our county planning department being allowed to play favoritism by ignoring a serious violation of a home permit on May Lane being used as a business while denying a justifiable home business in Island City?

The business on May Lane has been permitted by Hanley Jenkins, county planning director, to conduct a business for two years without a home on the location. This is a clear violation per Section 21 of the county planning code. 

The code specifies that in order to have a home business, you must first have a home and it be occupied by the business operator. It also specifies that home
occupations must be limited to 1,200 square feet in a house or accessory structure wherein this business far exceeds these criteria.

The obvious question is why Hanley Jenkins authorized this application knowing full well there was no home on the property when the permit was issued. In fact, there were not even house plans in the application.

It is our county commissioners that oversee the planning department and are ultimately responsible. When are they going to take on their responsibility and clean house?

With the failing to follow the planning code, prejudice regarding land use along with the deletion of public documents, isn’t it long overdue?

Dennis Wilkinson



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