Maintain Emma’s peaceful character |

Maintain Emma’s peaceful character

Dear Editor:

I have been a homeowner in Emma since 2001, and plan to spend the rest of my life there. Although the Grace Church seems to have a reasonable plan, my greatest concern is the precedent it would set in allowing this building to be approved. The rural character of Emma, which is what is cherished and makes it a desirable place to live, would be significantly changed by increased traffic and institutional use of the area.

Living on Emma Road, we see people speeding by at way beyond the 35 mph speed limit (which is too high), and we always try to slow them down. On more than one occasion, I have had people pass me up on Emma Road because I was going the speed limit.

Tuesday night, my dog was killed by a hit-and-run driver. My husband had just finished walking the dogs (on leashes) and then returned to pick up the mail. The dogs went down to the end of the driveway with him, and he had them sit as he saw a car coming around the bend. Little did he know that the car was running their loose dog along side. That got my dog excited who then started to chase. My husband got the vehicle to retrieve our dog, just as another car came along on the opposite side and hit him.

How can one miss seeing a big red golden retriever, and then keep going when the “thump” was enough for my husband to hear (unless they were speeding along and talking on their cell phone).

We oppose the institutional and commercial development of Emma. Please help us preserve its rural character!

Marti Barbour


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