• I am a senior citizen that has lived on Concord Woods Drive for the last 28 years. Fireworks are always shot on the Fourth of July, Christmas and New Year’s.
Again this year, I found spent fireworks in my yard and on my roof.
This has happened before, and I am especially concerned after hearing about the fire and damage that was caused to a home in Knoxville when fireworks landed on the roof. There was firework soot on my cars that were parked in my driveway near the house. The fireworks were shot in the street, but obviously aimed away from the shooters’ homes on the opposite side of the street. This has happened before.
Last year there was roof damage over my garage, and I was told it looked like a burn or lightning strike. There was eventually a leak to my roof (new in 2011) that was repaired last fall. I cannot afford to continue to repair damage caused by others’ fun. I do not know why there is a rule against using fireworks that isn’t, and has never been, enforced in my community.
Previously, I asked neighbors to not aim fireworks toward my house, and other neighbors related that they called the police regarding the noise. Of course, neighbors change. Fireworks are shot several days before the holiday and continue a few days after the holiday. They began shooting at dusk and continue until after midnight.
No considerations are given to senior citizens, working people who get up early, pets and others that have a fear of fireworks. It would be great if people could go back to having respect for others and their property.
• I read with interest Vice Mayor (Louise Povlin’s) rebuttal to Steve Williams (Letter to the Editor on this page in our last issue, July 8, which answered Williams’ paid advertisement opinion, on this same page, July 1). I’m concerned: who owns the property (in question)?
One of the callers to Presstalk last week asked that question, “who owns the property, the property owner or the mayor and aldermen?” I’m very uncomfortable with that thinking (concerning the mayor and aldermen on this matter), because the vice mayor kept saying that Mr. Williams could develop his property however he wanted. But at the same time, it seemed like she was really trying to have him build estate-sized lots. I was very uncomfortable at that (BOMA) meeting. I believe that Mr. Williams’ rights were encroached on.