Last week’s letter from Heidi Dodd should have run under the heading “Sour Grapes.” As a resident of Harris Hollow, I thought it important to provide some context for her letter.
When Dodd attempted to rent out a newly renovated property in Harris Hollow as a tourist home, her neighbors, including Keir Whitson, supported her application to the county, but with a few modest contingency requests. Whitson and his neighbors should be commended for reviewing the Dodd's application, responding constructively and thoughtfully, while holding Dodd accountable and ensuring applicable county zoning ordinances were followed.
When the county concluded that Dodd's property did not meet minimum-acreage requirements for a tourist home, rather than accepting the county's determination, she instead blamed Whitson and my longtime Harris Hollow neighbors for getting in her way.
Judging from the overwhelming number of "Whitson for Supervisor" signs along Harris Hollow Road en route to the Dodd property, I think most voters in my neck of the woods would agree that Whitson should not be blamed when the plain language of the zoning ordinance speaks for itself.
R. Bruce Loth