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Don’t be fooled; Heeney wants the building

Jack TaylorHeeney

The front-page article in the Jan. 18 edition would have you believe that the residents of Heeney are opposed to the county’s proposed use of an existing structure in the area.The truth is, the photograph of six Heeney residents in front of the building represents most of the local opposition to the new proposed use. Of those six individuals, at least four of them can’t see the building from their homes. There are more people living within sight of the current county barn, a cinder-block structure that is at least 30 years old than live within 200 yards of the building under discussion.The building does not sit in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Do you see any homes in Reid Williams’ front-page photograph?The fact is, there can be no new residential development anywhere near that building because the terrain will not enable that development.Should the county ensure that the building and the area around it doesn’t look like a dump? Absolutely. Should the county present a site plan to the Lower Blue Planning Commission showing what the change in use will look like, as would be required of anyone applying for a change in use? Absolutely. Should the county be forced to spend additional taxpayers’ money to remove a building it needs to enhance services to the community being served? Certainly not.Four years ago, Summit County thoughtfully provided a site and a much-needed structure to address public safety in the north end of the county.In hindsight, calling it a temporary structure was a mistake. The new use remains a public safety service and removal of that building would be an inexcusable waste of taxpayers’ money.Don’t be fooled. Although most Heeney residents have to drive by this building on a daily basis, it’s not sitting in anyone’s backyard.

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