Letter: Mathews residents don’t need more government controls
I would like to thank Supervisor Putt for voting no to the Mathews County Comprehensive Plan 2030 "Preserving and Sustaining the Pearl of the Chesapeake." I believe Ms. Putt stated that she was concerned about citizen rights.
Just let these words from page 101 of the plan speak for themselves. "Often, that recognition for environmental stewardship and pursuit of the common good falls secondary to personal interest; consequently, public education and regulatory controls are the tools most used to achieve established goals and benchmarks."
Public education and regulatory controls are the tools most used to achieve established goals and benchmarks. How many Mathews citizens believe they need to be re-educated, and/or controlled by more government regulation?
Those same county residents are indeed responsible enough to recycle their own paper and cardboard without governmental controls, which blessed Mathews County’s treasury with a total of $700 income last fall. Yes, the schools and local government offices also recycle, so it is a community-wide effort. No governmental controls were needed.
Moving along to the subject of bike trails as found in the plan. A big topic to look forward to is the upcoming discussion on dog leash laws that will have to be addressed at some point. People biking along our roads will not appreciate being chased by free-running dogs of any kind. What will our hunters do? Bikers could be injured by ‘run-ins’ with our beloved canines. Someone will have to foot the medical treatment bills. Wonder who that will be?
What about condominiums sitting atop commercial businesses so as to allow for density housing per the plan? Where will these new residents work? How will they fill their time? Oh, perhaps the condos will house elderly retirees only? Or, will some kind of balance be required? What impact to Mathews infrastructure will the new proposed 31 condos have on Central Mathews? ‘Central Mathews’ is what is now known as the ‘Village’ per the plan.
There are many more things to think about. How will residents hooked into the new HRSD system really feel when they discover a bit down the road that they could be charged a stormwater drainage fee? Why not? Residents in other areas pay that fee. For now, of course, people are told there will never be a stormwater drainage fee. Be wise and get that promise in writing.
Mathews is home to freedom-loving, independent and already responsible citizens. Sign me not looking forward to governmental controls per the plan, and taxed enough already.
Cobbs Creek, Va.