Possible dangers

To the Editor:

I’m not sure about having a letter to the editor published, but I’m wondering if you are planning any more editorializing about the substation topic.

I’d like to go on record as being seriously concerned. My granddaughter, her husband and four children under age 12 have just purchased a home at 16 Prospect Ave., across West St. Extension from the former funeral home property. They have spent approximately $150,000 in renovations but are willing to walk away and relocate at a huge loss if that substation goes through.

Their concern is the possibility that electromagnetic emissions may adversely affect growing children’s immune systems, leaving them more vulnerable to cancer, etc.

It seems absurd to me that the town council, the planning board, code enforcement officers, etc., cannot protect us from these possible dangers.

Doug Chapman tells me that as the zoning law is written, if Emera sign’s a purchase and sale agreement on the Prospect Avenue property, the code enforcement office has to issue them a building permit. No governance is perfect, but it seems to me that the referendum item to amend the zoning ordinance to disallow these unhealthy public utilities in residential areas is a no brainer.

I hear people concerned about affordable housing for young families in Bar Harbor. By creating an unhealthy environment to raise a family in, we seem to be discouraging year-round family housing. Areas near the Emerson-Conners School, not to mention College of the Atlantic, do not seem to be neighborhoods you would want to jeopardize.

Charlotte Bordeaux

Bar Harbor

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