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(Ed.'s note: The following was sent to TONH Councilman Fred Pollack and is printed here at the writer's request.)

Honorable Fred Pollack,

Word around town is that the parking district i.e., the town board led by JK, plans to destroy Port by use of its "visioning" process to create hundreds of parking spaces by erecting a parking garage near or at Main Street.

Allegedly it will be open to the town, i.e. TNH residents for parking not just Port.

The plan if enacted and carried into effect will make Main Street and surrounding streets a parking lot, will adversely affect property values, both commercial and residential and is the exact opposite of what the Town Hall politicos claimed visioning would do to control growth or is it what we were misled to believe?

We are also advised that police, fire, etc. approve.

The Police District denied being consulted when advised of the plan at a public meeting last month.

I have been advised this plan has been proposed several times before and the residents of Port turned it down some 15/20 years ago.

I am personally familiar with the danger to public safety at such facilities having resided in the city where the city has actually demolished such a facility because of the crime it attracted at night.

Thanks to residents there is a meeting. Nothing would be known about the town's action if they did not arrange the meeting on Dec. 6.

It's really a great time to have a meeting, in the middle of the Christmas/Hanukkah season when we have so many other religious family and business obligations. Furthermore, many seniors will be in Florida, but if it were not for residents who would know?

As a lawyer this leads me to speculate on the town's lack of transparency and the apparent attempt to ram it through if the above is true.

If it was so beneficial the town board wouldn't be secreting the plan. I have reviewed the town board agenda and didn't find it. I may have missed it but it is at least as important as hauling garbage out of Sheet's Creek.

I don't know how accurate the above is but the same was reported at a police district meeting by a person purporting to be familiar with the facts.

If the above is not true it must be explained or denied.

Michael J. O'Rourke, a voter


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