Perspective: WIS editorial on community concerns by General Manager Donita Todd

Recently, WIS has heard from many area residents unhappy about decisions made in their communities without any input from the folks who live there.  In Chapin, for example, plans are in the works for a new fire station.  Although residents acknowledge the need for it, they object to the location chosen for the station.  They say the road leading to it is dangerously narrow and curvy.  And the noise and activity would disrupt a nursing home nearby. Disgruntled residents have raised objections to local officials, but to no avail.

In Woodcreek Farms, controversy surrounds a new Verizon call center to be built on land that developers promised would be used for "community friendly" stores or townhomes, not an employer of hundreds of people.  Residents claim this deal was done secretly without any public input, and are now requesting noise and light buffers at the site.  All of this could have been prevented if public hearings had been held.

The folks we've heard from say that's how government "by the people and for the people" is supposed to work.  I call on all public officials to listen to your constituencies and weigh their concerns before making decisions that may adversely affect their quality of life.  After all, they elected you and you work for them!

That's my perspective.  I'd like to hear yours.