2015-07-15 / Opinions

Demand a better plan

Rumors come and go on a regular basis about big chain stores coming to Berkeley Springs or the surrounding area. Last week, we heard from a few people that Tractor Supply Company was nosing around for real estate south of town.

Meanwhile, Sheetz is still working their way through property inspections at a parcel of land south of town on which they plan to build a bigger convenience store and gas station complex. More rumors about whether it will be a truck-stop style operation, and if the old Sheetz in town will stay or go.

Two big renovations by chain operations Rite-Aid and McDonald’s recently have been closely watched by residents and the folks who drive through Berkeley Springs on their way elsewhere.

Years back, there were rumors that a Wendy’s fast food restaurant was coming to town, but that has yet to materialize. The same for a Wal-Mart here, or north of here, though it sounds like at least one of our County Commissioners is determined to make that happen.

The thing is, some people love big chain stores and other people hate them. But in the end, there must be a balance of chain stores and local businesses to keep a town alive. Even in cities and towns with the most restrictive planning and business rules, there is literally a place for both kinds of operations.

If our county government was working the way it should, we would have an Economic Development Director who would try to attract and support a blend of businesses that makes sense here. Elected officials have talked a lot about wanting to grow Morgan County, but we don’t have anyone to lead the way. And the only vision they’ve put forth is letting “the marketplace” dictate what happens.

That’s hardly a plan for the long-term or for people who expect to live here 10, 20 or 30 years from now. Letting the chips fall where they may is a dangerous economic game. County voters should demand better from their elected officials, and soon.

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As long as we keep the same

As long as we keep the same people on the economic development board you can kiss any type of development here unless it helps fill thier pockets. It nothing but a shame. If it not tourism relate forget it. Name one buisness that employees 15 or more employees or even ten in last ten years.

As long as we keep the same

As long as we keep the same people on the economic development board you can kiss any type of development here unless it helps fill thier pockets. It nothing but a shame. If it not tourism relate forget it. Name one buisness that employees 15 or more employees or even ten in last ten years.

Until we get road funding to

Until we get road funding to widen Rt. 522; More business locations along the roadway will cause greater possibilities of rear end collisions. A comprehensive plan needs to be put in place to promote responsible growth of business so infrastructure keeps pace.

Yes I feel it's terrible that

Yes I feel it's terrible that all my neighbors and myself have to go to either Winchester, Hagerstown or Martinsburg which takes the economy away from Morgan County and sometimes West Virginia.