Posted 3 weeks ago
By John Axtell
Wendy Chasek currently offers childcare in her home in the 500 block of Cedar Street, but purchased a house across the street and wanted to use it to expand from 8 to 15 children.
Most of the neighboring property owners opposed Chasek’s request before the planners, with several also testifying before the council during a nearly 90-minute public hearing Monday night that was about evenly split between their presentation and Chasek’s.
The objections raised to the planning commission generally centered on the impact of additional traffic on a street that frequently backs up with traffic headed to the high school or middle school at certain times of the day, the safety of children heading to Chasek’s, and a desire to keep the neighborhood single-family homes.
Chasek or her attorney addressed those concerns, with Chasek saying all she wanted to do was teach young children and had received a state grant for what she called simply “a substantial amount” to help with her operation.
She also decried what she called “mistruths” that had been circulated about her plans as fear tactics as well as verbal attacks on her family.
It didn’t take the council long to act after both sides finished their presentations, voting 7-0 to uphold the planning commission. Councilman Paris Fisher says the council felt the evidence presented supported the planning commission decision, which was also unanimous.