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Robinwood residents want answer on bypass

April 08, 1998|By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Opponents of a four-lane bypass of the northern end of Robinwood Drive blasted the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday for not yet making a decision on the project.

Howard Gilbert, an attorney for Covenant Presbyterian Church, which would lose open land it owns under one of the proposed alignments for the bypass, said the commissioners ow it to the community to make a decision.

"They want to get on with their lives. They need to know, and it's up to you to tell them," he said.

George Evans, pastor for Covenant Presbyterian Church, said the church would not willingly sell the land needed for the road.

Ned Garrett, an opponent of the route that would use church grounds and pass by his home, said the community has "had enough pain and suffering from this group's obvious inability to make a decision."

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"We don't want to hear why Mr. Wade wants another public meeting to discuss alternatives," Garrett said, referring to Commissioner James R. Wade.

"There are other people's neighborhoods out there than your back yard," Wade told Garrett. Those people deserve a chance to be heard as well, Wade said.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said the commissioners take the decision very seriously, and will make a decision within 30 days of the April 30 public hearing. No decision on the location for the hearing had been made Tuesday.

"We're just trying to take in all the options and then we'll make a decision," Snook said.

Commissioner John S. Shank said he understood why people were upset. "Indecision on our part is not doing them any good and it's not going us any good," he said.

About 30 people showed up who were interested in the bypass issue.

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