I got back a while ago from a meeting of the Land Use Committee of our Village Board. This was the agenda:
The trustees started with Farragut Road first. We listened to the applicants' attorneys and then to some neighbors. The trustees went into executive session and came back about half an hour later. Trustee Mark said the following:
This is all your creation, so we are turning down both of your requests. The applicants' attorneys were saying the BOA told them to go to the trustees, etc. etc.
I think they wanted to remap and build on the lot that had given up its development rights long ago, or something to that effect. In all of these meetings, the issue gets confused, compounded, some know what is going on, some do not. It all seems hurried, intimidation seems the norm and I do resent that all documents are not available for all to see, to look at... The volunteer board is so burdened, they can hardly deal with all. They rely on the staff to present the issue accurately. Unfortunately, the staff's business acumen most of the time leaves a lot to be desired.
But I was just there to observe and familiarize myself with the processes involved, so it was interesting. It seemed a confusing issue, I would have liked to hear from the trustees as to what was really the issue in clear cut black and white terms...That did not happen. They are almost all there after a full day's work, they are visibly tired and want to move on to the next item on the agenda...
There were other congenial conversations as well. Everyone was relieved to hear the good decision and left promptly.
They all seemed to have too much on their minds and did not really want to be burdened any more...Young, hurried lives with young ones at home. I totally understand.
Thank you Trustee Stern for your questions. We are blessed to have Trustee Stern on our board, a resident who has that trademark 2 year-old twinkle in his eye of a physicist. His questions and comments reveal a smart, working mind.
My thoughts, how about yours ?
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