I appreciated the factual, thoughtful and non-sensational wording of your recent editorial "Where Dogs Belong and Don't Belong" (Oct. 14, 2009).
I am one of the McIntosh Road residents who opposed the location proposed by K2 Solutions for its dog-training facility near Vass. Like many others, I was relieved and grateful last week when the planning board members reached their decision to deny the rezoning request.
Not a single person in our area objected to K2 Solution's mission to provide an innovative and important service to our soldiers and Marines; our objection was to its proposed location.
Like you, I wish K2 Solutions well in its efforts to find a suitable location. With that in mind, I attended the Aberdeen Town Board Meeting on Monday night in order to gauge the company's progress toward obtaining a different piece of property.
Throughout this application process, Lane Kjellsen, president of K2 Solutions, has been professional, courteous and tactful in stating his case, answering questions and listening to opposing opinions. His words and conduct never ran contrary to his assertion that he would be a good neighbor.
Sadly, the same cannot be said of Ray Ogden, who, in his role as executive director of Partners in Progress, is using his expertise and influence to assist K2 Solutions. At Monday's presentation, Ogden summarized K2's rezoning denial as being "treated shabbily by the county" and then seemed to characterize my neighbors and me as uneducated NIMBYs.
In my opinion, one would clearly expect better from the leader of an organization that promotes partnerships and progress.
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