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Letter: Fraser bags, rock piles

After being away for a month, I have been catching up on back newspapers. There have been a few articles about the goings on of the Town of Fraser government. Unfortunately, they smack of GREED.

If I recall correctly, sustainability is one of the Town’s main principles. Having a solid opportunity to do something toward that, banning plastic bags, the town wimped out in the name of money.

Levying a 10 cent charge for the bags does little to reduce plastic bag numbers and creates administrative burdens for both the Town and stores. The reasons given in the newspaper for not wanting a ban sounded like a smoke screen. Do you really think people are going to spend dollars in gas to go to City Market and back to save a few cents on bags? Do you think people are going to shop at the market in Winter Park and have a larger grocery bill to save a few cents on bags? Does the Town of Fraser actually think bags are important enough to dictate shopping choices?

Fraser has talked about a bag ban off and on for many years. What is really behind not moving forward with a bag ban right now? Obviously, most of the Board and Staff did not see the documentary “Bag It” or really cares about being “sustainable” as your Town material states or is oblivious to all the plastic bag litter around the state. Come on Fraser, man up.

The second issue, which I have already weighed in on to the Town, is those obstacles (medians) proposed for the middle of Highway 40 in the name of pedestrian safety or beautification or traffic calming or whatever.

Fairly recently, the Town of Empire installed a couple of those medians. Have they changed the way you drive through Empire? Do you think they beautify the Town? Do the medians in Winter Park cause you to drive differently? Do you even really see them anymore? People have crashed into the medians in Winter Park during snowstorms.

Regarding existing structures, driving my small car, I had to stick its nose out to the traffic lane to see oncoming traffic when turning left from Eisenhower. How well thought out is this current proposal?

In the newspaper, someone is quoted saying their flowers will make Fraser “more charming.” Think about how much of the year Fraser will actually have blooming flowers. There are other places to put flowers besides the middle of the road. I would hate to think that someone is looking at the beautiful flowers instead of paying attention to the pedestrians and traffic around them.

My experience as a regular driver through Fraser is that only about 10 percent of the time is traffic going as fast as the speed limit. It’s doubtful that medians will slow traffic even more. In Winter Park, those structures block the view of businesses on the other side of the road, block the view of oncoming traffic when turning onto the highway and effectively eliminate a turn lane. Medians block the view of children, short adults and animals increasing the potential for a collision. They take up space where traffic could have been and concentrate it in other places. They certainly aren’t beautiful.

Many people spoke against the medians proposed for Fraser or signed a petition against them. It seems public sentiment is against them. Isn’t it the job of the Board and Town staff to act in the interest of the townspeople and business/property owners?

The reason given for moving forward against public sentiment is the grant money. Has Fraser even looked into making a change in the plan with the grantors? Fraser would not be the first entity to revise or turn in a grant. Don’t you think the grantor would agree to a lesser amount? So, in the name of money, Fraser would put up medians that who want for what actually valid reasons? This is disappointing.

Bev Ewer, Jay Clough, Melanie Zwick, Fraser

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