2015-11-20 / Letters

Moratorium needed

To the editor:

The South Portland City Council has never shied away from using a moratorium to study and evaluate proposals of concern to the community. It should not shy away now.

Many residents and business owners are rightfully concerned about the proposal to build a propane transloading facility in the heart of the Thornton Heights neighborhood. Serious questions about security have been raised. Experts are concerned too, including a former state fire marshal who spoke at a recent council workshop and testified that the proposed location of the facility would not be appropriate.

There may be a way to make this proposal work for everyone, but city leaders and members of the community need additional time to figure out how to do that. A moratorium would be appropriate. There’s no harm in taking the time to get it right.

Adrian Dowling South Portland

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