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May 20, 2014

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For May 20

Clarksville councilman should avoid surprises

I would like to comment on the recent action of the Clarksville Town Council in appointing Jane Sarles as town’s historian.

There was a very positive side to the action and a very negative one.

Without question, Jane Sarles is the most qualified person in the town to hold the position. But the way the Town Councilman Bob Popp brought the issue up for a ramrod vote was downright wrong. It gives new meaning to having something “Popped” on you at a meeting.

As I understand things, Popp brought up the matter without having spoken to all of the council and without talking to members of the historical society. If he had brought the matter to the attention of the council, Don Tetley, who serves as liaison to the historical society most certainly would have discussed the matter with the society.

Councilman John Gilkey abstained from voting on the matter because it had not been brought to his attention and had not been discussed with the historical society.

The big issue has nothing to do with making Jane the town historian. I can think of no one better qualified. Instead, the issue is that Popp went out of his way to spring the issue on the council and not discuss the matter with the society.

There are people who believe that Popp is the de facto council president and that Bob Polston is just a figurehead. The way issues of this sort are deferred to Popp only lends credence to that line of thought.

— John Krueger, Clarksville

A road through the new park is a bad idea

This is just a note to express my support of the building of a new Little League park behind Northside Christian Church and my utter dismay at the city of New Albany’s insistence that the county build a road through it.

What kind of person would think building a road of any kind through an area designed to attract children is a good idea? Perhaps the same person who defended their opinion by stating it would allow residents in the area to get to the movie theater more quickly.

The road would connect Kamer Miller Road to Charlestown Road through the park and the middle of Highland Oaks subdivision. The city insists that speed controls can be put in place — controls they would mandate but not pay for or maintain — but neglected to mention that same argument was used when a connector was placed through the middle of Chapel Creek subdivision.

Did those speed controls work? Ask the sheriff’s office if they have written numerous speeding tickets there, mostly to nonresidents of Chapel Creek.

And to those city leaders who intend to vote for this road, please consider this question: If that road is built, in spite of the fact the county officials and residents do not want it, and a child is injured in the park or Highland Oaks, are you ready to face that child’s family and explain why you thought building a road through a park and residential neighborhood was a good idea?

— David Marsters, New Albany

Family opposed to connector road

We are strongly against Highland Oaks Drive connecting to Charlestown Road.

We live in the corner lot of Highland Oaks Drive and Kamer Miller Road and have lived here for 13 years. It is unbelievable seeing the amount of traffic entering and leaving the subdivision. The subdivision has small children playing which causes major concerns due to the amount of traffic and also many new drivers adding to the mix. It is not a good mix, much less adding more traffic.

We are in favor of eliminating the requirement that Highland Oaks Drive be extended due to these reasons. Also a road going through the middle of a future Little League park is asking for an accident to happen.

Highland Oaks residences are the best to determine whether or not a road should be implemented within the subdivision.  

Thank you, and please take these concerns into consideration.

— Nick and Cherie Scott, New Albany

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