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Wed, March 20

Letters: Container concerns

Container concerns

Editor:

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council has started the process of allowing steel cargo containers, maximum size 8 feet by 20 feet, on all town properties in Humboldt except for small lots. The reasoning behind this is that it will allow you to store items in case of a fire.

There are at least two problems with this: (1) Town code already allows you to build steel sheds and structures that are fireproof, so allowing these containers is not necessary. (2) During an emergency evacuation you don’t have time to put all your worldly goods into a container. At that point you need to save your life.

There is the additional issue as to whether or not have these cargo containers will enhance your neighborhood. If you need or want to sell your property, will these containers increase or decrease your property value?

The Town Council has not decided if you can have more than one container per property. The code now only allows one per 2 acres. The code now also requires the container to be masked so it doesn’t look like a container. The Council has not made a decision on this either.

The time to let Town Council know is now. Call, write, email or attend a Council meeting. Don’t wait until you get ready to sell or your neighbor starts putting them on their property. It will be too late then.

Jack Hamilton

Dewey-Humboldt

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