Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ketchum is granting favors

As neighbors of the eagerly awaited Roxy's Market, we are disturbed at the city's cavalier treatment of our new neighbors.

Why is the government involved in giving preferential treatment to one market over another? Changing well-thought-out comprehensive plans to give financial advantage to one new investor over another is inherently unfair. It's hard to imagine why Roxy's sizeable investment in our community is somehow less important to the city than giving financial breaks through rezoning to a competing market. Those of us operating businesses on south Main Street have endured a large empty hulk in our midst and are delighted to see the substantial improvements taking place at Roxy's, with considerable experience operating markets in towns like ours.

Would the City Council please explain why they have decided to take this role of picking and choosing among businesses, with "winners" granted special status to buy cheaper land after special rezoning favors are granted.

In contrast to what was said at the last City Council meeting, we small businesses do need your help.

Cheryl Thomas


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