Never has the old saying been truer, “There’s been a lot of progress in my lifetime, most of it in the wrong direction.”
What is tremendously more important than economic development, more jobs, population growth, more businesses, more highways and more public benefits is us folks who already live in Cherokee County and protecting and safeguarding where we live — our homes, farms, neighborhoods and businesses.
We moved to Lathemtown years ago to escape the chaotic growth all around our farm in Crabapple.
Long range planning is what I do for a living. I have been at it for a lot of years. So I’m not bragging when I say I know what I’m doing — my point is simple. Our county commissioners, city councils and state representatives should be making those of us who already live in Cherokee County their No.1 priority — period.
We should not have to petition and beg them to do everything in their power to protect our homes, farms, neighborhoods and small businesses from intrusions from anyone. They should not allow developers, land purchasers, public developments or the Georgia Department of Transportation to intrude into our lives, existing homes, our small farms, our neighborhoods, our existing small businesses — period.
One of the biggest current and future threats to our lives is the totally insensitive GDOT intrusion into our lives, homes, small farms, neighborhoods, small businesses — which tear up everything in their destructive path for years.
Case in point and my main intent is what they are trying to do with Ga. 20 through Lathemtown, creating their path of destruction worse than any tornado we’ve ever experienced.
When you go to their purposely confusing website to see why, it’s a maze of words and links to discourage even the most experienced of us to know what they are considering.
The bottom line is I don’t think any of us living here, in our right minds, want them tying up additional rights of way, expanding the existing Ga. 20 row and absolutely not allowing them to plow new 150 foot wide rows through our existing homes, farms, neighborhoods and small businesses, period.
Based on GDOT’s track record, we can’t trust them to do what they say, in the time they say, for the money they say.
What we do know is they can disrupt and intrude into our lives for years and years. We absolutely do not want them bringing their destruction to Lathemtown — period.
Zachary W. Henderson