Danville Express

Perspective - June 15, 2007

Letters to the editor

Expert opinion on Weber?

Dear Editor:

In your article about the neighbors suing the Town of Danville and Davidon homes I find it interesting that Town Attorney Rob Ewing stated he thought our experts' opinions didn't carry equal weight because they didn't spend as much time looking at the site. I ran into their expert on the site and she didn't even know the property boundaries, plus she did not have a camera or any means to take notes. I offered to walk the site with her but she did not have boots and it was muddy. On the other hand, one of our experts spent over an hour walking the site, taking pictures, picking up soil samples and taking notes.

The article also mentions the Town Planning Department is to monitor the tree removals, which are substantial. Just recently on another site, trees that were supposed to be protected were cut down by the graders. When I asked the town about it, they were not aware the trees had been cut and said they would look into it. They later confirmed the trees should not have been taken down and said the developer would be penalized. I asked what measures the town has to prevent this from happening. It doesn't have any. When I asked how they would have known if I hadn't brought it to their attention, their response was it would come out during the landscaping phase.

What good is a tree protection ordinance when developers are allowed to do anything they want for a price? In addition, there is the likely possibility that the town may not even notice a missing tree.

Kristen Trisko, Citizens for Civic Accountability

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