Letter: Risdon ignores rules ...
Publication Salisbury Post
Date September 02, 2007
Section(s) Opinion
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Brief It's strange that Dave Risdon can flout the rules and regulations and get little more than a slap on the wrist. Why would anyone, after being informed by Rowan County authorities, ignore them totally and continue to bulldoze land where he has no permit or

It's strange that Dave Risdon can flout the rules and regulations and get little more than a slap on the wrist. Why would anyone, after being informed by Rowan County authorities, ignore them totally and continue to bulldoze land where he has no permit or permission, and then try to cover this action with some vague and untrue reference to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, or was it Norfolk Southern? Or perhaps it was none of the above, just Risdon trying to prove he doesn't need permits to do whatever he wants, regardless of waste spills, contamination to wetlands, endangering wildlife and so on. So a few fish are made unfit for consumption, a few birds die off from this toxic spill, who cares, right, Dave?

The track that no one really wants is the important thing. Never mind that the housing market is in the toilet or that the economies of Davidson and Rowan are hurting. Let's build these condos so a select few can rev up their cars and bikes at night and on weekends and zoom around this coveted track. Certainly, the waste of gasoline and the noise pollution will not be factors for anyone to be concerned about. The main thing is that whatever Dave Risdon wants, he gets. Who says that money can't buy happiness? Seems like it has nearly bought the Spencer Zoning Board.

According to the Salisbury Post, the Spencer Zoning Board of Adjustment set 17 conditions that must be met for Risdon's company to keep its permit to build the track. The first condition requires that "all applicable county, state and federal regulations must be adhered to, and all applicable permits must be obtained." Good old Dave has already made a mess of that condition. Surely, he'll do better on the other 16, or will he?

-- Walt Wilson

Lexington