Editor:

With the election on the horizon, hopefully the 1st ward in Glens Falls will get some serious help in closing down the N.H. Kelman scrap yard located at the end of Geer Street. This out-of-town company was allowed to move in to replace the former locally owned Cohens and Sons scrap yard by present city officials.

Our city representatives did very little to look into what impact this larger business would have on the 200-plus people who live around the perimeter of this “black hole” that has been created and enlarged over the past five years.

Note: To enlighten you further, please see the letter to your paper printed on April 29, 2017.

I feel it is time to wipe the slate clean. Don’t vote these people back in! The good-ole-boy network must end!

People of Platt, Katherine, Geer, Rogers and Haskell are all at risk for the dangers this scrap yard presents. The on-site fire of June 23, 2017 and the propane gas leak on Oct. 7, 2014 are a few major examples. We are lucky the fire didn’t happen at night. Lives and homes may have been lost. Our senses are assaulted daily. We hear the deafening noise of metal dropping into the container trucks. We smell offensive odors. We breathe black exhaust fumes from dirty trucks. We see the destruction to roads, curbs, trees. We walk, ride our bikes and drive around cautiously.

The 1st ward residents and newly elected officials cannot be complacent any longer. Our neighborhood is being raped and something has to be done. What is our future? Vote for people who won’t condone but commit to giving us back our quiet, green and healthy neighborhood.

Linda Plante, Glens Falls

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