Consider neighbors before lighting an outdoor burn
Is it time to completely ban outdoor burning in Pierce County except for small ceremonial fires in a container or a three-foot pit when weather conditions allow? I recently experienced how one family decided to celebrate Memorial Day 2015, inundating their neighbors with the smoke and smell from their smoking debris pile.
Remember, if this neighborly activity happens to you, ask them to put it out, and if they refuse call the fire department, who will enforce your request. With the use of chippers, blue barrels and recycling centers, there is no longer an acceptable reason to pollute our air.
Lawrence W. Wyman
Council members need to be forward-thinking
Council members Kadzik, Payne, Arbenz, Ekberg and Perrow voted against 69 Millville residents and in favor of Stan Stearns’ personal zoning change to allow commercial restaurants in every waterfront property from Skansie Park thru Suzanne’s bakery.
The Gig Harbor City planning director cautioned the council that if restaurant closing hours were not added to the ordnance now, it is doubtful closing hours can be added later.
Even folks in favor of restaurants are shocked to learn of NO restaurant closing hours in a residential, historic neighborhood. The negative repercussions of no restaurant closing hours were discussed by these council members and concerns of neighbor residents were ignored.
These same council members voted NO CLOSING time for every restaurant in these 10 properties. Patrons arriving by 9:30 p.m. can eat and/or drink till the cows come home.
Council members also voted to allow Suzanne’s, currently 1,200 square feet with four parking spaces to expand up to 3,500 square feet and no additional parking spaces would be required. These council members refused to discuss where employees will park and where patrons will park.
We need council members to think longer than the nose on their face. We need council members who consider what their decisions will mean to our community in 2017, 2020, and beyond.
Once we stop respecting and caring for our neighbors, who live in our community today, all the things that make Gig Harbor special will evaporate.
Millville does not need rezoning to thrive
In response to the letter John Moist wrote in last week’s Gateway: Does Mr. Moist and his developer, Mr. Stearns, truly believe that they and the city council know what is best for us? Would you and the members of the council who voted “yes” really not have protested or made demands if this rezoning was going to be to less than a 100 feet across from where you or they live? To have a busy restaurant(s) open until any hour, seven days a week with very limited parking? I think not.
We are not children, Mr Moist, and this is not England, where children should be seen and not heard. This country is where we are allowed free speech and have city councils to listen to us. Did you really expect this rezoning to go through without a protest? And then when there was protest you didn’t like it and felt that we should all be good little children and listen to those “who know.” That we should all count our blessings that Mr. Stearns has saved our Millville from rentals and run-down properties up for sale.
Millville did not not need this rezoning to thrive. It’s thriving very well and will continue to do so with or without your rezoning. It’s not as if Millville is miles away from restaurants or shopping. There is more than plenty within a few minutes walk of Millville, along with most everything one could want in a small town such as Gig Harbor. All within walking distance.
We still have yet to meet with a hearing examiner. As the saying goes, it’s not over until you see the whites of their eyes. I look forward to that meeting.