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Fri, Jan. 24

Letter: Other side to helicopter school


On the story reported on the helicopter school, I would like to add a few things. Mr. Pena invested his life savings? What about the residences in the neighborhood of the proposed site? We have infested our savings in our homes and that property value will drop considerably.

The noise level is much louder if you research on YouTube and other sites. Couple that noise with that of the highway, it would cause a horrible impact on the residences.

That whole hill where the site is located is made up of mine waste, the Historical Society has a picture that proves that. The EPA has been trying to clean up the area for some time. It is not just three residences that would be affected but an established neighborhood of about 17 homes. Also, most of the empty lots are slated for homes planned on being built.

These training facilities are not accident free. There is a reason they are located near airports and industrial parks. Furthermore, a big tin building doesn’t add to the scenic view to the approach to the town any more than the ugly green fence that is there now on the property.

The school doesn’t add to “Arizona’s County Town“ in any way. One can’t help but wonder why the property was purchased for that use before checking on how the neighborhood felt about it.

Jackie Mattheis


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