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Emotion played no part in decisions: Black

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I felt I needed to respond to your article in Wednesdays paper.

First of all I have served on the Lebanon Planning Commission for 12 years, this is a few years more than Mr. Larry Hubbard. I can tell you he is way out of line in saying what he did about emotions playing a part in my resigning. Why does my resigning even warrant a comment from him??? Do not speak for me.

After 12 years I have made many hard decisions but always, always have put my "emotions" aside. I have voted my conscience and what I felt was in the best interest of the city and the people that live here. It is not easy to vote against a friend that has a project before you, but putting my "emotions" aside, I've done it.

I think you must look at each project subjectively and make the best decision you can. We were put on the board to be the voice of the community. Based on Mr. Hubbard's comments if all of these plans and developments meet all of the zoning criteria you "must approve" them. Then I ask you why do we have a planning commission? Mr. Hubbard seems to think the answer is always yes to whatever is presented and that we should always vote yes.

Planning is there for opposing views and to protect the mission of the city. Maybe builders and real estate agents should not even be on the commission since they indirectly benefit from building projects. Again I will say I am for growth but not just any growth. As I have said before once a decision is made its over and we are stuck with the consequences.

I have been thinking about resigning and the hotel just helped make my decision. As per our City Planner, this hotel would have fit on this property with the front door facing the street. The Mayor and Planning bent at the request of the hotel developer to move it sideways facing the interstate.

For a year or so I have seen things that just did not sit well with me. Plain and simple I felt I could no longer be of service on this commission. I felt it had lost its balance. There is nothing that says you ever have to vote yes for any project even if it meets all the criteria.

I will not be told how to vote and again Mr. Hubbard I have never voted on emotion. If you don't agree with me, fine, but how dare you speak for me, assume you know my emotions, try to assume you know what I am thinking and never try to tell me how to vote.

Pamela Black

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