Signs of civility in Lumberland; Clarification and compromise mark latest session on zoning
Peter Comstock spoke on behalf of Lumberland Concerned Citizens to say that their involvement with the zoning has been related solely to the adoption of Article 10, relating to heavy industrial uses in the town. He said, “If this zoning review continues to be slowed down while other provisions are examined, and if that process is projected to be more than two months, we would request that Article 10 be considered and voted upon as a stand alone proposition.”
“Fine. Pass 10,” yelled one man, followed by applause.
Glen Spey attorney David Leamon came with a long list of points. While questioning the panel, Leamon was reminded that several individuals had contacted him to seek his input. “We did reach out to you for help,” said Rajsz. “So will you now help the committee?”
“I will have a conversation about what they would like me to do, but I’m not committing to do anything,” said Leamon. “I don’t want to give people rope to hang me with.”
An anonymous letter mailed to town residents last month was later acknowledged publically to have been sent by Petersheim. Last week, a second anonymous letter went out to residents with the statement: “Hands off our property, Nadia. Stop the zoning rewrite now!”
In response, longtime councilman Joseph Carr took the podium and said, “Just for clarification, Nadia is not even on the rewrite committee. The committee has tried to do the best it can and we’ve got a lot of things to change. But picking on one person is not fair. I think it’s about time that whoever’s done this should stop.”
Gregg echoed Carr’s remarks and thanked the board for its willingness to listen and make changes. “I can appreciate people having concerns,” she said, “but vilifying this woman is outrageous and it’s got to stop.”
Pond Eddy builder Hall Smyth thanked the board for their work. “I know that many of us here, including me, have been very aggressive in terms of asking you to give us what we want, but I do think you’re being responsive. It’s great to see the community come out like this.”
Although many of the roughly 175 people in attendance had left before the two-hour session wrapped up, those who remained until the end saw an increasingly civil conversation take place. Another public hearing has been scheduled with another 30-day comment period.
“We’ve slowed down the process,” said Rajsz. “We hear what you have to say. We’ve made changes and we’ll make more changes, so it’s not engraved in stone.” Visit www.townoflumberland.org for more information.