Letter: Nothing unfriendly to businesses in South Portland

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I am writing to express my appreciation to South Portland Mayor Tom Blake and City Councilors Brad Fox, Eben Rose, and Patti Smith for preserving the integrity of our code of ordinance and putting the health, safety, and best interests of our citizens above short-sighted political pressure.

These four councilors understood that the process by which NGL Supply Terminal Co. applied to build a large propane distribution terminal in the center of our city disregarded our existing codes. While it is unfortunate that NGL’s application was not rejected from the start, the fact remains that neither the initial application nor subsequent revisions complied with South Portland code. When an entity wants to build a project which does not conform to current code, there is an established procedure by which that entity can petition the city to amend the code. The procedure requires abutters of the project to be notified of the requested change and public hearings are held on why the code should be amended.

I am heartened that a majority of the council was able to sort through the distractions and stand up for the rule of law. This has been a tortuous process and South Portland has been accused of not being “business friendly.” I submit that a city which has clear laws and a reputation for upholding those laws is business friendly and allows both business and citizens to plan for the future.

Andrew Snyder
South Portland 

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  • Andrew Snyder

    Not sure why this was edited out as the original submission was under the 250 word max, but the first sentence of the second paragraph should read:
    “Despite a campaign of misinformation and character assassination of councilors and
    private citizens alike, these four councilors understood that the process by
    which NGL applied to build a large propane distribution terminal in the center
    of our city disregarded our existing codes.”
    Despite the title given to my letter, I do believe that South Portland has a systematic flaw in the way it interacts with businesses. South Portland should abide by its laws and consistently enforce them, not decide on a case by case basis who should get to do what.

    • pebble

      Where is the logic in the three votes against the April 4th second reading of the Amendment to Chapter 8 of the Code of Ordinances, Fire Protection and Prevention Ordinance #8-15/16? One of those three councilors represents District 4 where Rigby Yard is located. A unanimous vote of seven to pass the Ordinance would have been a gracious gesture, showing concern for the health, safety and welfare of the residents who live in the neighborhoods surrounding Rigby Yard.