I’m a Marvin resident who is against involuntary annexations, mostly for the same reasons stated by the Walden Pond residents at last week’s commissioners’ meeting. However, I feel that Walden Pond’s protest of the park proposed by the Marvin Village Council is misguided, at best. The land the park will occupy is currently in unincorporated Union County, making it subject to undisciplined (some might say pro-developer) zoning. That land could, at any time, be zoned light industrial or worse.
Just ask the residents of Hunter Oaks and Somerset about the time, money and effort spent to defeat the construction of a Wal-Mart in their backyards. It is unrealistic to believe that privately owned land will remain undeveloped forever and to leave its zoning to the whims of the current commission majority is irresponsible.
Speaking of whom, on page 17 of last week’s Union County Weekly, immediately following the paragraph detailing the plans of the Marvin Council to build its first park, Commissioner Thomas was quoted as saying “I believe taking someone’s property is wrong”. What was that supposed to mean?!?! The purchase of this land was negotiated in good faith by both the Marvin Council and the landowner,