Wednesday, December 21, 2005
I have lived on South First Street for about nine years. During that time I have received various letters from the county concerning Mr. Tom Paul's right to have his construction sign replaced when he has wanted to change it. I have never opposed the placing of that sign but....the next time I receive one of those notices you can bet I have something to say.
During the construction of the new roadway I will lose all of the trees in my front yard, which include three large Birch trees and Elkhorn and two Tulip trees that my mother and myself planted when we first moved in. When we planted them they were just little sticks that we put wire cages around to protect them and wrapped them in the winter so they wouldn't freeze. I had people asking me what was in the front yard in the wire cages.
The Tulip trees have a lot of sentimental value to me because Mom died two years ago. When the construction is completed on the road I will have no shade in my front yard and a three-lane road and sidewalk about 15 feet from my front door. The next three houses down will all lose their landscaping, fences and I could could go on and on about what we will lose in the construction. But none of us have these ugly signs in our front yard.
If the road construction helps improve the incoming traffic into Sunnyside and lessens the congestion on First Street then more power to the City of Sunnyside. Mr. Paul, who doesn't even live in Sunnyside, needs to move on and get a new hobby that doesn't include painting large white signs.
/s/ Pat Kernan, Sunnyside