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Your Opinion: Objections to development

Dear Editor:

Citizens of Jefferson, Council and Zoning Commission.

Reference to the vote taken Dec. 9. Mr. Commissioner as you were voting you attempted to console the residents from Hayselton and Circle that you had a situation like ours in Schellridge. I took a drive through your neighborhood. These are not similar. The Orchard subdivision has none of the problems we have. Examples such as sight, hairpin turns, setback problems at 1604 and 1608, road dimensions you do not have but you voted.

To the Council, I was near Mr. Chinn when he bought the duplex on Main. I too was interested. I was qualified. I walked the ground behind the duplex and to the river. I did take note of the ditches and pulled a topography sheet for Jefferson City. My calculations to lift the sewage would raise it 108 feet to West Main. This would not work. My plan was for rehabbing the up and down duplex and possibly building another on West Main. If Mr. Chinn would have looked he could have seen the land for what it was. After winning the duplex he demolished it.

There are 35 undeveloped acres surrounding the new pump station, not including existing sewer, future has been sized into the new pump. A letter from Jefferson City (Dec. 8) was submitted to zoning revealing 300 gallons/minutes to an increase of 400 gallons/minutes. Easement to Heisingers (2005-06 proposal) pump was located on Heisingers property (St. Joseph’s Home) according to Eric Seamen P.E. City of Jefferson, there will be more development and should not the road be built from West Main to the Bluffs and Heisingers.

I do not oppose development to this area. I do oppose a driveway conversion to a street. The hairpin turn does not meet today’s standard for a roadway or the new intersection. It is difficult to negotiate your way through because of oncoming cars, with cars parked this makes it even more hazardous and more cars from the Bluffs will not help. I feel the developers should take another look at the West Main option.

I live on Hayselton and have used the turn daily for the past 16 years. I will be here for many more because that is a great neighborhood. The City Council should drive through our neighborhood, meet my neighbors, make the decision right the first time because it will impact us forever.

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