Chalk one up for Gloucester
In my neighborhood, we have been experiencing a tremendous amount of construction noise connected to the Timberneck Farm project. I wrote a letter to the board of supervisors after contacting codes and compliance and the sheriff’s department.
Even though the situation has not been completely reconciled, I would be remiss if I did not make it publicly known how favorably impressed I am by the timeliness and thoroughness of the response by all officials who responded to my concern.
First was the police officer who called me on July 3 and spent a considerable amount of time listening and helping me understand the situation. After two more weeks of noise, I wrote a letter to our board of supervisors.
Within four hours of my letter to the supervisors, Christi Lewis of community education had answered and forwarded my letter to Ron Peaks from codes and compliance, who gave a thorough and thoughtful response, as did our County Attorney Ted Wilmot later in the day.
The following day, a Saturday (because an e-mail sent to me had rebounded as "undeliverable"), Christian "Buddy" Rilee actually drove to my home to talk about the situation, discuss some plans to fix it, and check out exactly what I was referring to with his own ears and eyes.
Yesterday, Monday morning, I received an invitation from Chuck Roadley, program manager of the Timberneck project, to meet with him and directly address my concerns.
Even though Gloucester County has had tremendous issues that have shaken the confidence of its citizens to the core, I must say that nowhere in the dozen or so places I’ve lived have the public officials been so accessible or earnest in trying to help when it is in their power to do so. Chalk up one for "the Land of the Life Worth Living."