Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Fripp Lane connection
Dear Mayor Collins and Councilman Jenkins,
I am writing to ask that you that you please reconsider the proposed road connecting our neighborhood to Fripp Lane. My husband and I live at 132 Avonshire Drive, just three houses away from the road extension that we have been told is a “done deal.”
There are so many reasons that this would have a negative impact on our neighborhood. I’m sure you’ve heard all of the reasons at the meetings but, please, hear me out.
When we first moved to Summerville, we found it charming and looked forward to having our home built here. We lived here for a year and decided we wanted to live in Weatherstone, at the back, in Mason Park. We chose our lot in the late summer, while there were leaves on all the trees. Once our home was completed the following January, with the trees bare of their leaves, we could see that our home backed up to a very rundown neighborhood. Within the first year, we’d been burglarized by two men from that neighborhood. I know that was where they were from because I chased them back there. (I’ve since learned it’s not good to chase someone you probably shouldn’t catch) And, I recognized them from photos in The Post and Courier when they’d been caught selling drugs.
We have lived here since 2008. We’ve made friends here and would like for our neighborhood to remain just that, a neighborhood. If you turn it into the throughway that has been proposed, no good will come of it. We have already had a large amount of crime from the area behind us, and it will not improve with an added entrance and exit. We have numerous neighbors that park on the street which will impede the flow of traffic and increase the number of accidents.
Another factor that I haven’t seen mentioned is how this will further drive our property values down. We have already taken a huge hit in the value of our homes across the United States. Why would you want to do something that would further devalue our homes?
We are living in a day and age where I, and many other folks, feel that our government no longer represents the people, but instead, just their own interests. Local, state and national representatives are seen as corrupt and self-serving and I must say, it’s very easy to see why. I hope that is not the case here. But when our repeated requests that another avenue be found are ignored, especially when it will hurt our neighborhood, it makes one wonder. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I can only hope that you will consider the things I have said and recognize how this will impact those of us that live here.
I have heard all the arguments for and against the Local Option Sales Tax which would increase the Dorchester County Sales Tax from 7 percent to 8 percent, and even though it might benefit me a little by giving me a small credit on my property tax bill, I must stand against it.
The bottom line is that in my heart of hearts I can’t stand the idea that non-property owners, some of whom are living paycheck to paycheck, would be forced to help pay my property taxes every time they make a purchase in Dorchester County. I urge the citizens of Dorchester County to vote NO on the 1 percent sales tax increase referendum on the 5th of November.
Tea Party conservative
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Hamlet Road, Summerville