Neighbors not notified

Chrisella Lewis brought up some good questions (Jan. 31 Tribune) regarding the houses known as Bridges located just south of the Hastings Regional Center. She asked if the neighbors to the south and west were told or even asked about the Bridges being built close to us. The answer to that is no, none of the neighbors were asked about our opinions.

There was an article in the Tribune a while back about the building of the houses. In the article, the state mentioned they had talked to all of the neighbors regarding the houses. They claimed to have talked to the neighbors. That is completely false. Nobody from the state contacted the people along Highway 6 about Bridges. I personally spoke to every one of my neighbors about Bridges and none of them had been contacted by anyone associated with the building of the houses.

What I can’t figure out is why did they have to build these houses so far away from the Regional Center, especially since they have plenty of room right on the grounds to build these houses and keep the residents close by and still give them what they need — both security and a sense of public outings. The security is at the Regional Center, not where they built these houses.

And, yes, I agree with Chrisella, everything is locked up all the time. I don’t feel safe in my own yard and it does bother me that the location is not secured. I also have doubts about community-based mental health services. What they are doing does cost the community and state more money in so many different ways.

Caroll Schriner
Hastings



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