‘In search of the best solution’

Published 12:56 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Editor:

I think a little clarification is needed for the article on the homeless shelters in A1 and A2 zoning districts (“Transitional housing denied,” Feb. 17). 

My vote against the change in zoning does not mean I am opposed to doing something for the homeless, rather what is the best solution.

I listened carefully to the discussion and one thing I picked up was the fact that there are seven other surrounding counties with no facilities for the homeless. 

From having lived in other places, I can assure you this will be a case of “build it and they will come!” 

The site we were addressing the other night will accommodate only four people.

Other communities usually provide this space through the Salvation Army (if they have space) or through churches. If churches are to be the choice, there should be a rotation of daily, weekly or monthly accommodation with multiple churches involved. 

A committee was being formed to include county, Farmville Area Rescue Mission and the town representatives to look into a better solution than a knee-jerk solution of a quick zoning change that would take care of only four people.

Like me, I think the majority of supervisors are in search of the best solution.

Jim Wilck

Prince Edward County Supervisor

Farmville