Ini­tial 2050 Plan meet­ing crash and burn

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Not a sin­gle per­son, cit­i­zen, tax­payer, landowner who spoke or asked ques­tions dur­ing the meet­ing sounded pos­i­tive in any way, shape, form or fash­ion about any part of this pro­posal. With lit­tle to go on, these lo­cal people shot holes in the plan from al­most ev­ery an­gle any­way.

The ex­perts were very smooth at re­pair­ing the breech but in the end, there was no one in that room who was im­pressed with the plan. Let me re­it­er­ate, no one! You may hear some at­tempts at a pos­i­tive spin by some of the pro­po­nents or even politi­cians in at­ten­dance but don’t be fooled. If you were in that meet­ing and you weren’t on the pay­roll to sell the deal (and mak­ing a whole lot of money to do it) you came out of the meet­ing with a very neg­a­tive feel­ing.

A few ex­am­ples brought up by the cit­i­zens were re­lated to, for ex­am­ple, if you were in an area that was re­stricted or you had sold your de­vel­op­ment rights, if you had 20 acres you could di­vide it be­tween fam­ily mem­bers three times. So the ques­tion to the ex­perts was, “What if you have four chil­dren or seven?” Well, that an­swer was def­i­nitely a crash and burn. An­other ques­tion re­lated to this was, “How am I sup­posed to de­cide which of my chil­dren gets left out?” Crash and burn.

If your house is on less than 20 acres and it burns you can’t rebuild. That would ren­der your property com­pletely use­less. Crash and burn. I am go­ing to re­quest num­bers from the city and county fire ser­vices as to how many houses burn each year.

Prob­a­bly the most in­ci­sive ques­tion tonight was, “Since this is a life-chang­ing sit­u­a­tion, not just mod­i­fy­ing a few zon­ing regs, can’t we put it to the people in the form of a ref­er­en­dum?” Bril­liant! The re­sponses from Hunter Hall, the mod­er­a­tor and Mr. Han­son, the ex­pert from up North, were kinda short. Like, umm, no we usu­ally see the gov­ern­ing body mak­ing these kind of de­ci­sions. We don’t care what you usu­ally see. We at least want a ref­eren- dum. There is no rush. We can do it any­time we have a gen­eral elec­tion, even next year would be good. Af­ter the meet­ing a few people even stated they thought it would be a good idea to have a ref­er­en­dum right now to vote on shut­ting this mess down.

So in con­clu­sion, what was the most prom­i­nent re­mark heard tonight af­ter the for­mal meet­ing? It was, “Why are our elected of­fi­cials not an­swer­ing these ques­tions?” We don’t want to hear from these out-of-town people who are get­ting paid to ham­mer us. We want our elected of­fi­cials up front an­swer­ing the ques­tions. They have to be in­formed enough to make de­ci­sions about this pro­posal or is it go­ing to be like Pelosi’s com­ment about Oba­macare, “We had to pass it to find out what was in it.”

One of my learned con­tem­po­raries stated tonight, “We need to split the county down high­way 81 and es- tab­lish an­other county. Leave the West to the ex­ist­ing county and start over again on the east­ern side.” You should be care­ful about get­ting the folks to think­ing too hard be­cause they might ac­tu­ally come up with a sim­ple so­lu­tion.

Doesn’t any­one see this as a racial is­sue? I am ap­palled we havent al­ready heard from some or­ga­ni­za­tion like the NAACP! It cer­tainly ap­pears the pow­ers that be want to keep all the black folks over on the western side of the county so the white folks can en­joy what­ever it is they think they need to be en­joy­ing over on the east­ern side. I don’t like this plan one bit for more rea­sons than I feel like typ­ing about right now but this is sure one of them.

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