As a Randolph Township resident, I have been closely following the exchanges between Sound Off callers and Letters to the Editor writers. None of them really say what's going on in Randolph, but it all sounds pretty sneaky and sinister. Political power-grabbing! Residents in fear! Does this environment really exist in our community? I snuck into a recent township trustees' meeting to find out.
After sizing the trustees up, I've overcome my fears and decided to write. I think I can take two out of three of them in a fair fight and have already sent flowers to the third. I couldn't tell what zoning violations, if any, have occurred in allowing the Sarchione family to move in and reshape our township. But I do know that these things happen in large metropolises like ours where competing political factions broker deals in back rooms and paid flacks push their agendas to the media. I'm just a simple resident, but it seemed like some kind of payoff was going on when the trustees voted the zoning people $20 a meeting for up to 18 meetings they attend. Right in front of us, too!
But I want to address the rest of this letter to the real villains of this media feeding frenzy, the Sarchione family. How dare you, sirs, come into our township, improve its appearance, increase traffic to the other businesses and buy out properties at inflated prices. Now that you've destroyed that historic landmark, The Gypsy Wagon, what next? Are you going to help fix up the Waterloo football field, too? Not in my back yard.
(P.S., I have asked the trustees to rezone my property commercial so you can open a combination cigar store/tattoo parlor in my house. Will trade for truck. Hope to hear from you soon.)
Paul Wolford, Randolph