A helicopter landing among residences is reckless
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To the Editor,

These comments are in response to your article covering the request by Brady Sullivan LLC to gain permission to land a helicopter at Snow Vidda Loop, to oversee the development.

The crux of the article was the question posed by commissioner Julia Schmitz asking, “why can’t you use the Deerfield Valley Airport?” Great question and the answer was quite farcical:

1) The use of the airport wouldn’t be as efficient, yes the airport is an exhausting four mile trip.

2) It’s cold in Vermont and the battery in the truck, that’s left at the airport, may be dead. Yes, Vermont is cold in the winter so be proactive and install a new battery before the cold season.

3) It can be almost impossible to obtain a ride from a cab service. Really? Valley Cab Company is a local, dependable car service. Call ahead and your ride will be waiting for you.

4) Their need to land on the building site is supposedly for, the town’s benefit. This is an out-of-town business and the only benefit is to their own coffers.

A demonstration of the landing and take off of the aircraft was done at the airport to supposedly show that the created noise levels aren’t offensive. Why wasn’t this performance done on the site where it will be used? Sounds travel differently according to the surroundings and an open airport as opposed to landing in the middle of 18 homes and approximately 16 condo units yields different results.

The proposed landing pad is in very close proximity to residential homes. A helicopter landing among these residences is reckless and disconcerting.

Where is the backing of the town of Dover when you need them? They caved to Brady Sullivan LLC because they supposedly didn’t want to spend the money for legal fees, yet repeatedly gave money to a film festival that has since moved out of town! But guess what, we may not be as glamorous as a film festival but the residences of Snow Vidda Loop are still here and need your help.

Diane Gordon

Snow Vidda Loop resident

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