The Allen County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 10 issued the following statement on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack against the United States:
“On September 11, 2001, we lost the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent men, women and children in the worst terrorist attack on U.S soil in our nation’s history. Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of those attacks, which not only targeted American citizens but also those American values that bind our communities. Every American felt the pain of those attacks. However, that pain did not divide us.
Instead, it united us, joining us together as one country to reaffirm our values of service and strength upon which our country was built.
We, as a community, wish to honor the heroic service, actions, and sacrifices of first responders, law enforcement personnel, state and local officials, volunteers, and countless others who aided the innocent victims of those attacks, risking and often sacrificing their own lives. We further wish to recognize the valiant service and sacrifice given each day by members of our armed forces, intelligence agencies, diplomatic services, homeland security and Allen County public safety departments to support the cause of freedom and defend the security of our nation.”
In other commission business:
Allen County Commissioners rejected a rezoning request from R1 single-family residential to C3 general commercial for a gas station/convenience store proposed for 6819 Bass Road. The Plan Commission had given the rezoning a Do Pass designation but six people at a public hearing spoke against it. All three commissioners voted against the rezoning at their weekly meeting Sept. 10.
“One of problems that you see with not all, but so many of these C stores is routine maintenance,” said Commissioner Richard Beck. “They don’t mow, they don’t clean — it’s just really unsightly. Not all of them, but so many of them don’t do routine maintenance.”