Say No to Lakelands Antenna
To the Editor:
Please do not allow the installation of this T-Mobile antenna at Lakelands. Every time we turn around, someone is proposing something which will destroy the character of the neighborhood. The existing lighting around the park is already not pleasingly aesthetic — even though practical. But a 15-foot extension!! This would be so very unsightly. Why do they need to do this in a quaint neighborhood? There must be dozens of other sites where the company could place an antennae of this height without it protruding above homes all around. I am completely against it. I only found out about this tonight, July 25, when I brought in the community newspaper from my mailbox.
Believe me, I could get hundreds of signatures from Lakelands residents opposing this if they knew about it. It is a sneaky time of year to make this proposal with so many residents away on summer vacation. I, myself, will be away soon and unable to alert my friends and neighbors.
Please, elected officials, do not allow such a commercial facility to be constructed in our neighborhood small park. I voted for many of you, including Mayor Katz, and I am counting on you to protect my community from this obscene marring of the landscape at Lakelands.
— Beth Ellen Richard
Local Economy Needs More
To the Editor:
I am a business owner who moved his business out of Olde Towne to Virginia. The average salary of my eight employees is over $90,000. I have had a business in Gaithersburg since 1975. I now drive to Virginia each day along with tens of thousands of other folks.
First — Crime
Second — Taxes
Third — Local Government
Two million dollars in business development is a lot like lipstick on a pig. No amount of rebranding, Money magazine lists, and meaningless platitudes will sway a businessperson’s decision making.
— Brett Cosor
Skate Spot Problems
To the Editor:
I live in Lakelands, just across the park from the Skate Spot and was one of the residents who opposed the “spot” for all of the reason that have come to fruition in the month since it has opened.
The skate spot opened with a lot of fanfare and has been quite popular, so popular that on this past Friday early evening there were about 20 kids hanging around and using the spot. All but one was helmet-less although helmets are required as per the sign that used to hang at the spot. I say “used to” because when I walked by Saturday morning with my children and dog, the sign was ripped down and lay in the middle of the trash left behind — bottles, snack bags, broken skateboards, left-behind shirts.
My 4- and 6-year-olds ask why [people] can’t use the trash can, which is only 10 feet away. The answers are all the obvious answers, which my kids are really to young to understand yet – laziness, lack of supervision, peer pressure and a failure to respect what has been given to them.
In addition to the trash, the noise of skateboards crashing against metal reverberates across the park and into the neighborhood. I also want to mention that, since the skate park has opened, I haven’t seen the Gaithersburg police patrol the site at all. [This] would require them to get out of the car and walk over to the site, which is not accessible by car (another topic discussed at the Council meeting).
I really just started to write to tell you the sign had been torn day over the weekend, but I figured I would take this opportunity to make you aware of the noise, trash, lack of rules enforcement and the failure of the police to routinely patrol the site.
— Ian Kessler