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WalMart would not be a boon to the community

Why do some people blindly think that the advent of a WalMart is a natural boon to a community, as cited by Ms. Renner of Renner Trucking & Excavating (Hillsboro Tribune, Letters to the Editor, Jan. 31 issue)?

Unless one is myopically self-serving, the prospect of jobs creation for construction and ongoing operations must also be comprehensively considered in the negative light of numerous other variables, especially the geographic locale and what exists there. The 27 acres will eventually be developed in some fashion, without a doubt, so Ms. Renner’s trucking firm may still qualify for desired construction bids. But why a WalMart here? Why a huge Polygon apartment complex beside it?

Hundreds of nearby residents would be inconvenienced by and saturated with continual traffic streams and safety concerns due to poor traffic and route planning, and lack of well-positioned crosswalks and signal lights. Endless traffic and parking lot noise and light will disturb the little peace and serenity remaining in the vicinity. Schoolchildren in the area could be jeopardized. Beautiful tall sequoias will be felled.

The nearby Albertsons supermarket would probably close and its employees be terminated. The potential WalMart supermarket may employ about the same number of workers, but no great advantage to them is reportedly expected. The prospect of a closed, gray supermarket diagonally across the way excites no one in this neighborhood.

The proposed retail and residential complex is being rashly pushed forward by the applicant for the Hillsboro Planning Commission’s review and approval, but this application most certainly deserves much more in-depth investigation, more comprehensive planning and reflection about future issues, especially increased traffic, at such a vulnerable nexus of neighborhoods and nearby schools.

Let WalMart scope out another site, a more commercially trafficked site with fewer nearby homes and no schools for it to demonstrate its “community-friendly” Neighborhood Marketplace. Let us not just allow “paved paradises” to decimate communities and the environment. By doing so, Washington County will continue to present a wholesomeness that residents, travelers and visitors want and cherish.

Let us see the Hillsboro 2020 Vision plan truly be put into action as this critical project is examined and acted upon.

Vincent P. Dimone

Hillsboro

Duyck went ‘extra mile’ to help community

Rarely do you feel like an elected official is in your corner and will go the extra mile to help. It is even more extraordinary for a group of elected officials, many of whom do not even represent you, to stick their necks out on your behalf.

Washington County Chairman Andy Duyck and several state legislators did just that in helping my neighbors and I solve a longstanding problem we had as residents of Multnomah County. Because of the steep topography and location of our property in suburban northwest Portland, we were cut off from essential public services such as sewer access and timely police response.

Chairman Duyck recognized our predicament and tirelessly led the process to work with Multnomah County, the state Legislature and the Metro Council to find a resolution. On Jan. 1, after 11 long years of searching for a solution, our property was moved into Washington County. Fifty-five of my neighbors and I will now have access to clean water, sewer services and consistent police protection as Washington County residents.

I would like to thank all of the public officials involved, especially Andy Duyck, for his leadership in making this boundary change a priority. It is truly remarkable that four separate governments were able to reach consensus and improve the quality of life for all of us involved.

Mike Nelson

Portland



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