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Re: “Re: Elections '09 candidates

Dear Independent-Minded Readers, Thanks for taking the time to do your homework before heading to the polls. Have a great day. Sharon

Posted by Sharon Cook on 10/24/2009 at 5:24 AM

Re: “Marilyn Kille versus Carrboro: the rematch

Has Carrboro lost its compassion? When the Winmore developers wanted to build a 10,000 square foot day care center with parking for 40 vehicles at the edge of the environmentally sensitive Bolin Creek stream buffer, after they had already maxed out their impervious surface limits, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen approved a text amendment to allow expanded impervious surface limits for day care projects. Last summer when it was reported that taco truck owners were operating illegally, the town quickly called an emergency meeting to revise Carrboro ordinances to allow the small businesses to operate unobstructed. When Carr Mill Mall owners posted and enforced regulations limiting activities on their private property, Carrboro town officials quickly spoke out against the limits, including staging a dance-in to support the right of individuals to dance with bricks. So when a small farm owner in Carrboro’s Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) built a very small apartment in her barn to house a security and farm hand and to the best of her layperson's knowledge worked with town inspectors to assure that it met town codes, but inadvertently missed a critical step in the permitting process, what would you expect our town officials' response to be? Certainly not the one that we see playing out before us. It's time for all of us to take a step back, look at this situation from a common sense perspective, and find a solution that shows Carrboro's tradition of going the extra mile to find reasonable compassionate solutions to problems. It's time for the Carrboro leadership to work with, not against Mrs. Kille to clear up the misunderstandings as they have in addressing so many other illegal situations in the past. Perhaps it's time to work out the differences through Carrboro’s Dispute Settlement Center instead of incurring more costly legal fees for both town tax payers and Mrs. Kille. Readers may know Mrs. Kille from the many years that her Peppermint Springs ponies brought joy to so many of our children at the Carrboro Elementary School fair, and to so many other children in our community, giving many of them a rare opportunity to experience interaction with farm animals within a few miles of home. The authority to build the barn apartment in the watershed is not in question. Approval has been granted by the Board of Alderman for a Conditional Use Permit. However, with that approval comes the requirement to subdivide the property. Not only does that complicate the property while it remains a refuge for horses and dogs, it puts a permanent restriction on any future subdivision. As a community that heralds our farm heritage, we need to work together to do everything possible to support and assure that they are able to survive and thrive. It's time to resolve this issue so that Mrs. Kille can concentrate on the animals that she so lovingly cares for and makes available to animal lovers in our community.

Posted by Sharon Cook on 03/16/2009 at 9:38 AM

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