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From our readers

Letter to the Editor:

I live in what was a quiet, agricultural area of the Town of Lake, Marinette County. My family has been on this land for 75 years. The Town of Lake, for the most part, was a very good place to live.

Now, common sense seems to have escaped our town officials. Somehow, someone is determined that it would be a good thing to let a developer take an 18-acre parcel of land, divide it into five lots and develop a “tin shack city” on the corner of County Road G and Maplecrest Road, a place where people can live in camper trailers with no sanitary sewage systems. They just dump it on top of the ground. Wouldn’t you think they would at least be required to have a Port-a-John? They must be exempt from the rules the rest of the community lives by. To this day, I have not seen a permit posted there for anything.

When the developer first subdivided the property, he excavated four driveways from the town road and one from County Road G. This is a hill and subject to erosion. He did nothing to prevent erosion. Anyone who excavates along any road is required to install some sort of erosion prevention system. Why are rules and good common sense being overlooked in this case?

Some people say it’s to build the tax base. I’m sorry, not with camper trailers. These people benefit from the services provided by the taxpayers without having to contribute to the cost of providing them. The good people living here not only have to look at this slum that greets everyone who turns down Maplecrest Road, but we have to listen to their noise, smell the smoke from uncontrolled campfires (which are a very serious fire hazard to the town), and now our tax money is used to provide them with services.

Perhaps a couple of nice houses with proper wells and septic systems would have worked well on this property, even welcomed in the neighborhood. I haven’t spoken to anyone who isn’t upset about this. No one knocked on my door or invited me to a meeting to inform me that this very visible eyesore was coming to our neighborhood.

This isn’t the fault of the people who are there. They were invited to buy these lots. This nightmare was allowed to happen by people who don’t have to look at it and put up with it every day.

I have only one question. Whose idea was this anyway, who let it happen?

Ralph Mortinson


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