As America waits on a decision as to who our next president will be, residents in Evans wait for word concerning Wal-Mart. To some people there may be no comparison of the two issues, but both will change our lives drastically.
What I have been told is we are helpless to stop Wal-Mart if it purchases the property at the entrance to Chimney Hill subdivision. For some time now, we have not heard where this issue stands.
Columbia County Commissioner Frank Spears informed me that all our commissioners can really do is regulate, and hopefully the regulations currently in place for the Evans Towne Center will discourage companies like Wal-Mart from wanting to build because of added costs to meet the regulations.
In my opinion, these regulations are basically cosmetic in nature and have no real substance. Wal-Mart would have to take care of drainage problems that could affect our neighborhood.
The rezoning issue has been dumped into the lap of the property owner, Al Gray. Mr. Spears informed me the commission cannot force a landowner to rezone, and Mr. Gray has refused all requests to rezone.
I would like to know, through letters to the paper, if anyone has been forced to move or vacate their residence, over the past 30 years, due to the rezoning of property in the county to commercial zones.
I would also like to know if our Sheriff's Department has considered the ramifications of increased traffic and crime in our area as a result of this construction.
Nancy Passalacqua, Evans