(11/15) Things may get a whole lot
trickier for those attempting to garner support for an Emmitsburg/Pennsylvania
bypass now that one of the main supporters of the project has resigned his
position as president of the Mason Dixon Coalition for a Northern Bypass.
In a letter addressed to the editor and
readers of The Dispatch, Carroll Valley Borough Councilman William K. Reinke
issued a stated that, “As I have visited townships and boroughs in Southern
Adams County and spoken to the residents, it has become clear to me that this
bypass flies in the face of my ideals as a private citizen and a Carroll Valley
Councilman: to represent the will of the people, to mange growth wisely, and to
lead with the long term future in mind. In that light, I have resigned from the
Mason Dixon Coalition for a Northern Bypass and withdrawn my support of the
Reinke listed several concerns in regards
to the building of a bypass in Pennsylvania, including his belief that a bypass
would lead to the destruction of agricultural and historical property, would
negatively affect residents of southern Adams County with increased congestion
and would lead to an excess of commercial development.
With that in mind, Reinke challenged those
in Emmitsburg to consider whether a bypass is the correct answer.
Former Emmitsburg Commissioner Bill
O’Neil, a major proponent of the bypass while in office and the person who
initially recruited Reinke’s support, said that despite Reinke’s withdrawal of
support for the bypass, he foresees it as an inevitable project.
“The bypass will happen, it’s just a
matter of where and when,” O’Neil said, adding “no matter when you put a road
in no one will like it.”
With plans to build thousands of homes
just north of the Mason-Dixon Line, O’Neil said the bypass will be necessary.
“Pennsylvania has not restricted
[residential] building…eventually Pennsylvania will be crushed with traffic,”
While in office, O’Neil was a major
supporter of the coalition and worked with Reinke on the issue, mainly trying
to get federal funding for the bypass. With Reinke’s resignation on the table,
O’Neil sees Pennsylvania governments as ignoring the problems they will cause.
“We didn’t build homes in Pennsylvania,”
O’Neil said. “They’re don’t want to step up to the plate.”
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