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Locals react to Sheetz proposal

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Dozens of community members gathered to voice their concerns about a new business that could come to Putnam County.

For more than two hours, people stepped forward at a Putnam County Commission meeting to highlight one point: a new Sheetz on Teays Valley Road would ruin their quality of life.

"I think my life would change if they put it there," said Linda Morgan, who lives right behind the proposed location.

Sheetz filed a petition to build a new gas station, convenience store and car wash on Teays Valley Road in Putnam County. The site is near Green Acre and White Rock Drives in Scott Depot, which locals say is already a problematic area.

"I have school-age children trying to catch the bus there, and they want to build an entry and exit way there," said Edward Penix, who lives off Green Acre Drive.

People also said the added traffic would cause more noise and environmental pollution from the cars. Many expressed their fear that a 24-hour business could attract crime in a typically safe area.

"I have nothing against Sheetz...my only concern is my children's safety," Penix said.

But the lawyer representing Sheetz said the company has come up with solutions to satisfy those residents the business would directly affect.

"We have created a significant buffer zone," said Steve Golder, the attorney representing Sheetz.

This includes a sidewalk and depot to ensure the safety of school children who catch the bus near the proposed location.

"We are still owned by the Sheetz family," Golder said. "They pride themselves on quality business and quality operations."

Sheetz filed a request to build at the same site in June 2011, but the commission rejected the proposal. Two other Sheetz already exist in the area--in Hurricane and Teays Valley.