Letter: Attitude issues
Re: Our line in the sand (Save the Dells). I just have to ask, who is the “Our” to whom Ms. Fields refers? She represents an organization of hundreds or perhaps a few thousand people. However, it’s AED’s land. Since 2013. Private land since the turn of the last century. Always ripe for development. For a profit. Who is Ms. Fields (or anyone else) to say what is the appropriate amount of profit? “Saving” the 500 acres STD wants would be ideal, but the “holier-than-thou” attitude in constant attacks against the developer has become tedious. Yes, AED will get water (and value) in an annexation, but the city will receive water revenues and property tax revenues in perpetuity from the annexation; residential and commercial developments also bring people and their money to area businesses. Future development would still have to be reviewed. However, negotiations are between the city and AED, and STD — a private interest lobbying group — is in no position to insist upon anything nor draw lines in any sand nor issue ultimatums. The city represents the interests of more than the members of STD and must take the whole of the situation into account and do what is best for all of its residents (I am outside the city limits). STD can only make its position about the negotiations known. AED will eventually dedicate the required acreage to open space although it might not be the parcel STD or some other group wants. We can all hope AED does what STD wishes, but it’s really not STD’s line to draw.