. . . As the church’s main liaison to the community, [Tom] Carpenter has been an outspoken about the N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan to improve North Highland Lake Road. Carpenter is against the taking of private property against the wishes of legal owners that is neither needed nor wanted, saying it is morally wrong and an abuse of government power.
“I believe that straightening the curves on this road will lead to increased traffic speed, resulting in less, not more, safety for travelers,” he said. “This project will also take away the natural beauty of one of the main entries into our Village, lessening our enjoyment of traveling down this road to reach our homes. . .