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AUSTIN EDITION - COL Let the residents be heard

Frankford Township concerns to be aired April 20

Longtime residents invest time and money in the community. They work hard to create a place that meets the common goals of most people who live there.

Then the newcomers pull up with lots of money and designs.

Conflict is inevitable.

It is a very old dispute that has played out many times locally and throughout the world.

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Frankford Township is the arena for the latest round of this timeless clash.

Residents of the rural area would like to keep it mostly as farmland, as it has long traditionally been.

That agriculture picture changed when the Mower County Board approved a 12-home subdivision for the area.

Now a request to rezone the area is before the county board to prevent any more housing subdivisions from coming into the area.

The county board took a bold step to place a six-month moratorium on development in the area, while more information is gathered on the rezoning proposal.

On the face of it, this might seem to be a simple issue. But it isn't.

The development opponents say people moving into the area would work, shop and send their kids to school elsewhere.

The other side says it would bring money and people into the area, which has not shown a lot of economic growth.

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Neither side can prove that it is entirely correct and it doesn't really matter. What matters is what the people want.

The county is doing the right thing in asking the residents what they want. They are the ones who should guide this decision.

On April 20, the Mower County Planning Commission will hear from the public. Every resident who wants his or her voice heard should attend that meeting.

It is an old battle. Now it is time for Frankford Township residents to pick their side and for the Mower County Board to listen for its marching orders.

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