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Laurel dealers come
through after car theft

My granddaughter’s car was stolen on Dec. 22, with so many belongings in it. She lost her identity along with clothes, baby car seat, money, Christmas gifts—everything! It was devastating to say the least. the police told her the chances of getting it back were next to nothing. She works full-time in Billings, but doesn’t get paid enough to not have to have extra help from WIC, food stamps, etc.
I went to the car dealers here in Laurel and asked for help. They were absolutely wonderful! Both offered to help find her something she could afford with insurance money plus a little more. I want people in the the surrounding communities to know this. Please give Laurel Ford and Rimrock Chevrolet your business! They are compassionate people and deserve to be supported.
Other people in Laurel have come to her aid with Christmas gifts for her and the children, money and gift cards. Laurel is a caring community and I am so glad to be a part of it!

Barbara Karst
Laurel

Neighbors oppose Quiet Meadows

Although the County Commissioners previously denied a required zoning change, the city government of Laurel appears to be hell-bent on scrapping the current city/county development plan and approving construction of the ​Quiet Meadows trailer park. This new trailer park will be located west of Yard Office and north of the rail yard. It will be surrounded by established county residents, who oppose the project, and by county roads.
If a sufficient number of Laurel residents do not appear to protest at the City Council meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 3, the character of our community will be changed, our schools will face a crisis, and our school taxes will be increased. This development is a commercial enterprise that has nothing to do with meeting the housing needs of this community. It seeks to receive approval for 225 trailers. Current state population statics indicate this number of units is likely to house approximately 700 new residents with approximately 140 school-age children. However, Laurel’s population has been increasing at the rate of only 50 to 60 people per year, and only about 12 percent of the population increase would normally choose to live in trailers. So, the existing joint city/county zoning already provides more than adequate areas to accommodate necessary trailer park expansion at the rate of 2 or 3 trailers per year.
To be viable, Quiet Meadows will need to attract residents that do not value the low population-density, suburban lifestyle that Laurel currently offers. If the trailer park succeeds, it will create the very conditions that much of the surrounding population has attempted to avoid. Establishing a large trailer park city east of Laurel will almost certainly blight the surrounding county neighborhoods, impact property values, and increase usage of county and subdivision roads. In addition, the trailer park and its trailers will have an unfavorably low taxable value per residential unit, which will force existing local taxpayers to subsidize the added population.
If this development is allowed, an increase of at least 140 new students should be anticipated within a few years. Perhaps, the developers should be required to pay substantial impact fees to the Laurel school districts to provide funds to construct and maintain the necessary facilities.
Please, show up in an angry mood and let the City Council know what you think about this divisive and ill-considered proposal.

David Murja
Outside the city limits of Laurel

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