The following letter was sent by the Bel Air South Community Foundation to Harford County Executive Barry Glassman and his administration with a copy to State Delegates and Harford County Councilman Jim McMahan. A copy was provided to The Dagger for publication:
The citizens of Bel Air are totally supportive of your fair stance in enforcing our Adequate Public Facility Ordinance to a “T”. We have been informed by outside traffic engineers that Harford County has one of the more defined APFOs in Maryland. It is reassuring to know we have an excellent guideline to follow.
We are confident that you will continue to stand strong against the political pressure that Wal-Mart and it’s attorneys may bring. The citizens of Bel Air and the 1524 residents on our e-mail distribution have your back.
Below are a few of the many e-mails sent to the Wal-Mart leadership that express the sentiment of the citizens of Bel Air.
Thanks again for supporting our community,
Bel Air South Community Foundation
Many excellent e-mails were sent to the Wal-Mart leadership which is great, but when looking at the percentage of the 1524 on our e-mail distribution that sent e-mails, we can do much better. Though we are all opposed to a Plumtree store, the Wal-Mart leadership in Bentonville, Arkansas can’t hear your thoughts, it takes the written word.
An overwhelming response from us is needed if we hope to tip the scales.
If you have not sent and e-mail already, copy and paste the contacts below.
Send a sentence or whatever you can muster, but take a second and send something!
Doug.McMillon@walmart.com; Greg.Foran@walmart.com; Pam.Kohn@walmart.com; Nina.Albert@walmart.com; William.Wertz@walmart.com
Here are some writing points that you can incorporate into your e-mail if you choose.
Bullets for writing to Wal-Mart:
– Location is not suited for big box store
– Additional traffic will add to congestion and unsafe roads
– Safety of pedestrians and drivers
– Safety of school children from nearby schools
– Already have 3 stores within 10 miles or less
– Road improvements are not feasible
– Store will adversely affect the public health, safety, and general welfare of the community
– Sam Walton’s policy was “We will never build where we are not wanted.”
Send us an e-mail letting us know if you wrote to Wal-Mart so we can track our impact but do not cc us on your e-mail to Wal-Mart. It needs to come only from you, a concerned citizen.