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Time for some answers?

Posted Friday, January 25, 2008, at 8:45 AM

Three or four times in this blog I've complained about out-of-town developers being interested only in the bottom line and caring nothing about the people of Shelbyville and Bedford County or our future.

I'm not even sure this can take place from a legal standpoint, but do you think it's been time for a long time for these developers to be asked to appear before our city council and county commissioners to answer questions?

Would it be interesting to see which of our elected and appointed officials would put the hard questions to them...and which ones would be very quiet?

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Yes, I think it would be very interesting. Not only that, but I think the questions should be asked.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 9:13 AM

I agree that out of town developers are interested only in the bottom line, but so are many of our local developers. Unfortunately, some of our local developers just don't have any pride in the community and want to build as cheaply as possible. I'm not saying all are this way because there are some very good, reputable developers here, but there are also many who just throw up sloppy and shoddily constructed subdivisions, etc.

-- Posted by volfanatic on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 9:51 AM

I agree . . . I have never seen so many shoddy homes be built in one town like they are being built in Shelbyville. So many homes are just being thrown up and sold with no consideration for the overall look of the city and county or even that community. It just looks like someone came in and just threw them up in the air and let them land wherever and pretty much built them the same way or they try and squeeze 5 houses in a one acre lot.

It would be interesting to see if any of the councilmen are reaping any rewards for this kind of development.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 9:52 AM

"It's all about the $MONEY$" Compared to some of the bigger Cities & States, Shelbyvilles', Land and Cost of Living is way cheaper.

With all the Apartments, Condiminiums, and Home Subdivisions being built around here you would think we would have more variety of "GOOD PAYING JOBS-with BENEFITS" being moved here.

The ones that are here ("Not Many -Due to being shut down and/or Gone to Mexico and Down sizing") they are filled up with Temporary employees "lesser pay" and "no benefits".

These employees have to either try and work 2 jobs to make ends meet or get help from welfare, "It is already busting out the seems with low income families". Things are not balancing out as far as the Income and cost of living with alot of the families, that are living here, and influx that have moved here.

I believe they should put a LIMIT on the Developers here, There are still quite a few empty houses, and those people that "ACTUALLY" live here, and "Have been living here" are having a HARD time selling their homes because of all these new homes that are being thrown up any and everywhere and all on top of each other.

We really do need some changes, and a little more control of what is going on with Shelbyville, so things are balancing out. "Jobs, Homes, Businesses, etc.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 10:04 AM

Our city council and county commission approve these subdivisions before the developers are able to begin. Of course the devloper wants as many homes as he or she can get because they make more money that way. I am not against development(yes I am a realtor) but I would like to see the subdivisions be a little nicer in the city. It would be nice to see sidewalks in all the new developments and heavier protective covenants that will keep everyones property looking nice. Growth is not the problem...if we grow in the right way and maintain a level or standard for that growth.

-- Posted by KParker on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 10:35 AM

I just want to see which of our elected and appointed officials have the guts to get away from routine business and say we can't just stand by and let this happen to the people we represent.

And take a much tougher stand against future development by those who aren't treating our people fairly.

It's one thing to want a title...and another to carry out the responsibilities that go with that title.

-- Posted by bomelson on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 10:54 AM

Your right Momof3&3step&1gran it is all about money. It seems everything we do now days is about money though. It doesn't matter who they have to step on to get it. Does it seem much worse over the past few years to you or are they just more open about stepping on people to get their way? I believe it is a little of both even our court system leans towards big business, the little guy almost always loses in court. Our insurance companies are charging more and more because the doctors are charging outrageous prices to do the simple procedures. Somebody has to foot the bill and it is us in the form of higher premiums.

We have to stop and ask ourselves though, Where does it all end? When the big companies continue to make large amounts of money at the expense of people not making any more money than they did 5 years ago. That is your true beginning of a recession. If we the consumers do not have the money to go out and purchase items then stores can not stay in business. Which in turn makes the stock market fall. It is a never ending cycle until we give our consumers money in their pockets to be able to use towards the economy it will only continue to spiral downwards.

Sorry I think I may have gotten a little off track there but I do honestly believe this all will tie into our Housing crisis and recession.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 11:15 AM

Ditto! I wish more things were American made, and the money made STAYED IN AMERICA, there's too much outsourcing in America, our Jobs, Food, Toys, Clothes, etc. needs to be made in America, so the money spent is kept in America. What happen to America Inventions? What's the value of $1.oo now? Getting Scarced.....

I don't mind any one trying to make a Good Living, but not at the expense of stepping on others, or trying to get over on someone. What goes around, Comes around, they'll have their day and get it in the End.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Sat, Jan 26, 2008, at 1:08 AM

Closing rates on the U.S. Dollar:

25-16:00 o/h/l/c = 76115 76115 76115 76115 +0.035

It's up from .67cents 2 days ago.

Wonder where I'm going to spend all that.

I know: TAXES!

-- Posted by framestraight on Sat, Jan 26, 2008, at 4:02 AM

I think that everyone should look back three years to when Bell Buckle began fighting to stop senseless crackerbox subdivisions from overrunning farms, overtaxing our water supply and overrunning our schools. At the time, all Bell Buckle got was criticism. It turns out Bell Buckle was right. Normandy Lake is empty as are many of these unsightly developments. Thank you little Bell Buckle for being brave enough to stand up for what is right when nobody else would! Shelbyville and Bedford County should follow suit. Better late than never.

-- Posted by andy33 on Sat, Jan 26, 2008, at 1:48 PM

Maybe we should put some of the surplus flimsy cracker boxes on the Historic Registry.

Then they might get razed to put up the next greenway,Traditional Neighborhood Development,locally owned and operated business or maybe even an organic,heritage seed,free-range,fair trade,sustainable farm.

See if these guys would build one Special Space,Habitat for Humanity house or restored (not remuddled) vintage place for every ticky-tacky development or McMansion.

See how many of their homes have "green" and universal design.

See how many are meant to house people for generation after generation next to people they know.

We need communities here-not glorified human kennels.

The people who are trying to provide real homes in an honest manner don't need to be undermined by those who won't look beyond the cash in their fists.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Jan 26, 2008, at 3:39 PM

I agree, developers should appear before our City Council and Bedford County Commissioners.

Have you seen the urban sprawl in the Normandy Burbs??? Who is the developer of that? How did that old cow pasture ever get zoned for a subdivision in the first place?

-- Posted by daisy mae on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 1:39 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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