Letter to the Editor: Troutman Council's decision on rezoning was not in town's best interest
To the Editor:
On Thursday night at the Troutman Town Council meeting, the sitting board voted to rezone an area from suburban residential, which is 98% surrounded by suburban residential property, to heavy industrial.
More than a dozen citizens spoke against this rezoning. While that could be a chapter unto itself, what I want to relay at this moment is that after the vote was cast unanimously by the board, one of the board members, Sally Williams, stated that she voted for the rezoning because it would maintain lower taxes within the Town of Troutman.
While many of the people affected by this rezoning live in the Troutman ZIP code, we do not live within the town limits and do not pay Troutman taxes. Therefore our opinions did not count. Additionally, Williams made the comment that "I don't want to pay higher taxes."
Since when do public servants get to base their votes on a personal agenda? And then to add insult to injury council member Paul Bryant asked the citizens present, "If this land meant so much to you and preserving the deer and the antelope mattered, why didn't you all band together to purchase it yourself?"
So not only were personal agendas brought into this, but condescending comments and ridicule seems to be allowed as well.
I have always made it a point to spend money within Troutman whenever possible, including purchasing gas, buying groceries, drug store purchases and on and on. Having been told that I'm not really a Troutman citizen was mind-blowing. If I don't matter, neither will my money. I apologize in advance to the hard-working people of Troutman. While I as an individual probably won't make a very big impact, I am not the only one who feels this way. I will be taking my business to Mooresville and Statesville.
Also to the town residents, if you're not aware what is happening in your own town and how surrounding area residents are being used to forward a few people's idea of what is right, then it's time that you looked up and listened.
We are losing 115 acres surrounded by suburban residential to heavy Industrial. That's a 115 acres of beautiful untouched land where people could homestead. It was annexed by the town in 2007 with the intent of building a neighborhood. Because of the recession that neighborhood never came to fruition. The owner of the property recently died and the person who inherited the property has no ties to the community. Our beautiful rural community is being sacrificed so that Troutman can add more walkways and greenways. If that isn't laughable, I don't know what is.