Admittedly, the Erie issue of connecting Bonanza Drive to Vista Parkway pales in importance to the issues of health care, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, world poverty, etc. Nevertheless, I want to address this Erie issue and take exception to letter writer John Plancon (Open Forum, December 29th; see also the Daily Camera news article on December 21st).
First of all, Mr. Plancon, nothing useful is gained by using terms like “duplicitous” and “disingenuous” to describe the views of Trustee Ogg. I see no value in the use of such aggressive terms instead of simply presenting opposing views.
Secondly, I support the views of Trustee Ogg. Two years ago after the Erie Air Park residents very effectively presented their views to the Board of Trustees, Mayor Moore proudly announced in a subsequent news letter that this is an example of democracy in action. Fine – issue settled.
But now the Mayor seemingly does not think that that democratic action was enough and continues to push for the connection.
Both Mayor Moore and the Town Administrator have personally told me that needs of Erie’s subdivisions have to be subjected to the overall goals of Erie. Maybe on rare occasions a minor, negative impact on existing subdivisions will be required. But, unfortunately, the Board and the town administration have a long track record of not fully listening to the citizens of older subdivisions in their never ending quest to get more rooftops. The fact that the mayor continues to push the Bonanza Drive issue after it was decided two years ago demonstrates this assertion.
On the surface, “I do not have a dog in the fight” on the Bonanza Drive connection issue. But in a larger sense, all Erie residents need to be concerned about the views of the Board and the town administration in regard to how poorly they treat the views of existing neighborhoods. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.