Proposal for veterans sanctuary trailer park denied

Thursday, February 19, 2009 | 10:59 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — When David Sallee decided to turn his 5-acre plot of land into a “veterans sanctuary,” he expected stumbling blocks at every turn. Last night he encountered two more.

Sallee was requesting permits from the Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission for a sewage lagoon and mobile home park on his property, which is located approximately 3,000 feet north of the intersection of Mt. Zion Road and Hecht Road. Both requests were unanimously denied by the commission.

One single-wide mobile home, a tool shed and a waste water lagoon now stand on the property. In his project request, Sallee included six trailers and two mobile homes.

Although many conditions of Sallee’s plan could be satisfied if the property was operated in compliance of Department of Natural Resources regulations, the commission has its reservations about health and safety problems that could arise from a privately operated sewage lagoon collection system. The commission also could not allow mobile homes to be placed on the property.

The Boone County Fire Protection District and the Sheriff’s Department both oppose the location of the sanctuary, citing an expected 6 percent to 8 percent increase in crime.

According to the commission, plans for the mobile home don’t fit into the city’s master plan.

Tom Schneider, an attorney representing an anonymous group of 15 of Sallee’s neighbors, said resident fear that the veterans sanctuary would be out of character for the neighborhood. Their concerns also include the lack of nearby medical and counseling services, transportation and facilities for education, recreation and employment. The site lacks high speed Internet and reliable infrastructure, and the plan is “the wrong approach at the wrong time,” he said.

"I've worked for four years to correct all the shortcomings out there. I've met every one of them (except working with DNR)," Sallee said.

The current zoning of the property is residential-single family. It was rezoned from its original agricultural zoning in December 2008. All of the surrounding land has agricultural zoning.

Sallee said he plans to appeal the decision to the county commissioners on March 5.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 20, 2009 | 4:03 a.m.

What a crock of B.S!!!!!

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Joe City February 20, 2009 | 10:18 a.m.

That's why we have P&Z Chuck.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 20, 2009 | 12:09 p.m.

Joe City this man has been dealt stumbling blocks ever since he voiced his presentation of this project in our county.

Obviously this is just another case of the elitist pompous community just saying once again because they think they are better than everybody else "not in our neighborhood".

All of you just remember that as our men and women are all over the world doing the jobs you can't in protecting that piece of land or that home you rent where you plant your deary aire that this one man was just trying to make troubled vets a place that if needed they could come home to and help get their head straight once again so they might work themselves back into society.

We need more such type places in our nation.

All of you people who put the stumbling blocks before him should be ashamed of yourselves. Maybe someday some one will put a insurmountable stumbling block before you as well. It would be sweet karma IMHO.

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John Schultz February 20, 2009 | 1:42 p.m.

Chuck, it's the community saying "These are our laws and zoning ordinances that EVERYBODY plays by." I think some of the arguments against the project (high-speed Internet?) are a bit ridiculous, while others have some merit. The county commission has the ability to override P&Z if they wish. I haven't seen the plans for this, but why should Mr. Sallee not abide by the DNR regulations that the rest of us have to follow?

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teresa cleek February 20, 2009 | 3:49 p.m.

I have read all you comments for several months supporting David Sallee and his sanctuary. I must ask you a couple of questions. Have you ever met him? Do you know him, or his character? Does he have any background to suggest he is qualified to run a Veterans Sanctuary? Are you holding his resume in your hand?

When I first saw the headline referring to a Veterans Sanctuary I was excited just like you, then I read his name. David Sallee may be a veteran but that does not make him qualified to build and run a veterans sanctuary.

I applaud Boone County P&Z for having the integrity to stand behind the laws as they are written, so that only legitimate businesses are placed in appropriate locations.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 20, 2009 | 4:40 p.m.

teresa cleek whenever all a citizen sees in the local media is road blocks and stumbling blocks time after time put into the way of somebody like this how is anybody too honestly feel?

I still stand by my post above and always will until I actually see things in the local media regarding this issue that are truly about building bridges in this county and community instead of the elitist good ole boy attitudes that permeate our entire area.

If more community agencies and qualified citizens would reach out to help others such as this man in his project this world might be a better place someday but until that time comes we are all stuck with the same old B.S. only because "that is the way we have always done it" mentality that allows for very little growth and actually segregates all of us from coming together as a true community should for everybody instead of the "cream de la creme select group of people" we see alot of now.

I hope you can sleep at night knowing that you just kicked another veteran who was trying to help his fellow veterans.

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