Well, folks, it looks like the fat cats are going to win again.
Our East Palestine Village Council, with the exception of one member, Don Elzer, has voted to give permission for the erection of a General Motors (aka Government Motors) dealership at the entrance to the village off state Route 14.
Now that it is an accomplished fact that the dealership is going to be built, guidelines should be laid down so the place is ecologically friendly and attractive to the eye, not an eyesore like many current dealerships. There is extensive knowledge and material available on how to build attractive, non-intrusive facilities which our village officials should require General Motors and Brittain Motors to use as they construct the new site.
Currently, General Motors executive Bill Hepburn is promoting the environmentally friendly makeover of dealerships nationwide under LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (see website www.gm.com/environment).
One would have to think the building of new facilities would be included under this incentive, a good example being the one in Highlands Township in Michigan. Village Council need not assume, therefore, that whatever General Motors dictates is not negotiable.
Our village manager has attempted during his tenure to improve and beautify East Palestine, a good example being an attractive, clean and often admired City Park with hiking and biking trails. Why would the main entrance to our village be any different?
Now is the time to input ideas and negotiate what is acceptable to the community - practically, aesthetically and environmentally.