To the editor:
There is a force at work in our community that keeps trying to get us to believe there is a benefit to annexing a big piece of land just outside the city limits of Monroe. They have been turned back for years, yet once again they persist. The story began about 10 years ago when a local minister bought a hunk of wetland east of town, ostensibly as a site for his church to build on. But he had something else in mind. His real plan was to seek a rezone and use the site for a mixed-use development that includes apartments and small business. There were problems. The state didn’t like it because the property is accessible only from a 55-mph highway. The county didn’t like it because the area is a substantial wetland. And the people on the hill didn’t like it because it would have changed the view from above to one of rooftops instead of grassy fields.
Mayoral candidate Ed Davis supports the efforts of the property owner to do as he wishes.
How does it hurt you? It may not, but like mold, it is growing slowly but surely as individuals work to manipulate local government.
I have lived in Monroe since 1962. For mayor, my vote is going to Geoffrey Thomas. He has the vision to see through the schemes of a persistent minority. He also knows that changing the use of that land is wrongheaded.