Monday, July 26, 2010
First, it is warm!! here. Right now at 7:45 it is still in the 90s - and today when I was out doing some errands, one of the banks said 106. So, I have been getting my water down - and lot of iced tea.
Exit 209 from the Highway 84 into Pendleton is going to be "reconfigured" - there have been lots of meetings with many proposals for the best plan with the least impact on businesses in the area. Last Thurs. the meeting was to decide the final proposal to be presented at the next Planning Commission meeting. The first phase is north of the freeway - not sure just what that will look like. The second phase is south of the freeway which will require property to be purchased, including the First Church of God - where I go and work in the office. This church was built in 1956 and there are still some of our members who were instrumental in organizing and building the church. So, for them, if this happens, it will be difficult.
Not sure how I feel - I have lived here only about 4 years so don't have the emotional tiles that they do. But, my one concern is that the government again can take our land - they will be purchasing it - but, we really have no recourse.
Cost of the project is $10 million. Is it really needed - for $10 million?? There is so much concern for the out of work father, the single mom who barely makes enough to feed her children, people without adequate insurance who need medical care, and the list goes on - and then we spend $10 million on a new freeway exit. Seems rather upside-down to me.