Letter to the editor: Ford property could benefit community

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It is the “eleventh” hour and the destiny of the Ford house across the street from the Owenton United Methodist Church is in the hands of the city and zoning commission. They will meet Thursday, June 14, at 6 p.m. at city hall.
(Editor’ note: the planning and zoning commission meeting scheduled for Thursday has been rescheduled for June 25 at 6 p.m.
They will hear comments from anyone to change zoning from residential to commercial. They will make a recommendation to the city council who will have the final vote.
I have lived in Owen County for 40 years. When I go to my “home place” between Butler and Saxonburg, Penn. I know I’m home when I see lighted stained glass windows in front of Summit U.P. church. Since the old high school has been torn down, my children have no sense of history.
Owen County took a stand to keep alcohol sales out of the county. We need to take a stand to provide the one chance of a city park for children in town to play in and senior citizens to walk their dogs.
Pastors sometimes preach about a “slippery slope.” This means an oversight can lead to disaster. If we let the Dollar Store buy those four acres then Owenton will have no name recognition. If someone had the money to transform that house into a bed and breakfast, the guests would spend money at local restaurants for dinner. They would recommend it to their friends and they might come and buy an antique too.
There’s nothing my God can’t do.

Beverly Miller