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Letters to the Editor April 24

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Walmart issues

“Westport Road” is coming to Crestwood! Even after numerous citizens spoke in opposition of rezoning allowing Walmart to build off the 329 By-Pass, both the Oldham County Planning Commission and the Crestwood City Commission, with a majority vote, passed the rezoning. Our voices were NOT heard! Countless reasons against this 24-7 Walmart Supercenter were shared, but it was obvious minds had already been made up.

Where else in the Louisville area does a Walmart Supercenter sit surrounded by residential neighborhoods and schools? Nowhere. Where else does one of its only two exits lead on to an elementary school’s property? Nowhere.

Yet traffic will lead directly on to Kenwood Station’s driveway. Who paid for the traffic study? Walmart. The impact of this decision will be monstrous! Thousands of cars and trucks in and out of Madison Park Place daily causing further congestion along 329; the effect on school traffic; noise pollution; light pollution called, “Urban Glow;” unsightly signage; our children’s safety; increased crime; and business and job loss in our community were all concerns voiced.

Most of us who live in Oldham County do so to live away from businesses like Walmart. And while most of us assumed a grocery store was coming, and would in fact be welcomed, I don’t think ANY of us ever thought it would be a Walmart Supercenter!

It is, indeed, a sad day. Crestwood will never be the same…and it will have all begun with a “welcome” to Walmart.

Penny Sheridan

Crestwood

Forum Thank You

Thank you to The Oldham Era and Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development for hosting a great candidate forum on Monday evening, April 14. I appreciate all of your hard work to provide us the opportunity to represent ourselves. The forum for the upcoming county elections was well attended. For those who could not attend, the forum can be viewed on the local government channel 25. I want to compliment the job done by Melissa Blankenship as host of the forum. Well done!

Wayne Theiss Magistrate District 2

PVA concerns

I read with interest and disappointment about Barbara Winters’, who is running for the Property Valuation Administration and is currently deputy PVA, explanation of the very low value of $150,000 on the 3306 square foot home she lives in. That value is only $45/square foot while the average for homes in Oldham County is more than twice that per square foot. The house is also on 14 acres and its value is only $4,000, most lots in Oldham County are valued at $50,000 or more. There seems to be a problem of honesty and fairness with the present deputy and candidate for PVA. I suggest we look elsewhere for our next PVA.

Larry Doyle

Crestwood

Support Bednarski

I am writing to encourage voters to support the candidacy of Jon Bednarski for Magistrate in District 3.

During the 25 years I have known Jon as a friend, business partner, and community leader, he has shown in many ways that he has the ability, desire and leadership skills to be an effective member of Oldham County Fiscal Court.

Although I am grateful to Jon’s opponent, Robert Leslie, for his hard work and dedication, I am convinced beyond a doubt that Jon is the most qualified person to represent his district and the entire County.

I most admire Jon for his selfless volunteer work and financial support of good causes in our community. For example, in 2012 he helped create a Business Plan Contest to encourage local start-up ventures. In addition to devoting dozens of hours to the project as a mentor, judge and creator, he made a sizeable donation to help fund the prize package without an ounce of public recognition.

With proud enthusiasm, I confidently recommend Jon Bednarski. If you want to see high caliber people in government, join me in supporting him.

 

Mark Haertzen, President

Rocket Man, Inc.

Support Leslie

I have known Magistrate Robert Leslie for many years, and I believe he is very intelligent and cares for all the people in his District 3. He has fulfilled all his campaign promises including giving his first year’s salary to charitiable groups such as Friends of Westport.

Some of those promises and accomplishments are as follows: never voted to raise taxes, maintained a balanced budget, received $524,000 to pave Highways 53 and 42, acquired two properties to enlarge Westport Park from two acres to five acres and revitalized the boat ramp, pier, picnic area, fishing dock, additional parking and added playground, basketball court and a shelter with restrooms.

He restored and improved Peggy Baker Park, he helped pay off $8 million dollars of our $14 million debt, paved all the roads in Westport and helped the county receive $100 million to improve our roads.

He is a member of the Oldham County Law Enforcement Council, Tri-County Community Action Agency and past treasurer of the Well Head Protection Committee – in 2013 Oldham County was awarded best water in the state. He has served on the road committee and human resources committee and committee chairmanships of the public safety, parks and the environment committee.

He is a genuinely dedicated public servant and answers all telephone calls promptly when constituents are in trouble and need help. He tries to maintain the character and integrity of the county, hopes to increase revenue through securing new businesses and has always worked well with others.

Robert Leslie is a very competent and valuable member of Fiscal Court and we are fortunate to have such a person working for Oldham County. Please vote to keep one of the best and brightest.

Barbara Ann Lackore

La Grange