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Prioritize Editor, The Sun: The April 28 Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing on the Edgewood development proposal included appropriate concern and mention of the flooding in the Williams Lane and Big Sink Pike area. The unique geology for the region must be carefully considered as part of Woodford County’s overall strategic plan. During the hearing, a consultant presented a recommendation to enable access to Williams Lane. A solution for Williams Lane access needs to be a top priority not just in the Edgewood development proposal context, but also in the context of the bigger strategic plan. Williams Lane residents were perhaps not as vocal and visible as anticipated at this past hearing, but our documentation was submitted as part of the record, and also considering the recent More Than A Bakery hearings, we are confident that the commission and the community are fully aware of what is already a critical situation. We are all aware the commission is currently updating the Comprehensive Plan for the community. Multiple mentions and KRS references were made at this past hearing by legal counsel and citizens alike. The commission must decide to prioritize and stay the course with the strategic planning process. Prior approval of the Edgewood development proposal or any other on this scale would further enforce the serious concerns that are already raised by the ongoing More Than A Bakery experience. Fundamentally, the definition of a strategic process is not approving each individual private business opportunity as it comes up, and imposing that on the community. There are underlying principles of the current development proposal that need to be addressed. We heard at the hearing the need for a new hospital, a foundational building block of a strong community. This is an excellent example of a priority that needs to be considered by the commission as part of its charter to update the Comprehensive Plan. No one can mistake the Edgewood development proposal as a done deal. This is an ongoing process, a bigger picture where the strategic planning process must resolve and balance economic development with the protection and welfare of the citizens, as well as the beauty and character of Woodford County. The commission needs time to do its homework. Let’s appreciate the healthy dialogue during this process, and be confident the commission will consider all inputs as they update the plan for us to go forward. Dan Fusting Friends For Williams Lane Versailles Help end hunger Editor, The Sun: Saturday, May 14, marks the 24th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving – the National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face-to-face with a sad reality for too many – hunger. So each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from their customers. These donations go directly to the local food pantry to provide food to people in Woodford County who need help. Last year, letter carriers collected over 71 million pounds of food nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people. Over the course of its history, the drive has collected well over one billion pounds of food, thanks to a postal service universal delivery network that spans the entire nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The need for food donations is great. Currently, 49 million Americans – one in six – are unsure of where their next meal is coming from. Sixteen million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. And over five million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often embarrassed to ask for help. Our food drive timing is critical. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and winter holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need. Participating in the letter carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive is simple. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 14, and your letter carrier will do the rest. I invite you to join in America’s great day of giving and help us in our fight to end hunger. James R. Smith Retired Letter Carrier Central Ky. Branch 361

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