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Here’s The Scoop…MPS COMMITTEE…#2

Master Plan Steering Committee….7/21/08

THEY CAME FOR A REASON….BUT AT WHAT COST?

Usually at the Master Plan Steering Committee…(at least the last year or so….)….this writer/resident is alone in the audience…with a few fellow town’s people/ elected officials that make an appearance here and there…

Last night….it was a sure bet…it would a little more crowded…. they were on a mission….

And they did not disappoint….

At 1 minute before 6:30 p.m….the CIC Brigade enter the hall…..

The Furths…Marc… the Official LBTS Town Photographer……CIC member…Event Coordinator….up on tonight’s agenda for all upcoming LBTS events… newly nominated to the MPSC…. by his pal the Vice Mayor…and voted in 5-0…despite spending the previous year….wanting to be anywhere but on the MPSC…..

Cristie Furth…. Chair of the CIC…Vice Chair of P & Z…Event Coordinator….up on tonight’s agenda for all upcoming LBTS events….her trusty computer ready to be plugged in….

MaryAnn Wardlaw….Alternate/full member…who at the end finally found her seat at the table….(more on this later)….CIC member….Furth confidante….

Louis DVorak….newly appointed…CIC member….pal of the M & M & Fs….

quickly following them inside….

Marilyn Carr….CIC member….her husband Tom is Chair of the Board of Adjustment….VFD fire truck driver….CIC Executive Board member/ treasurer….pals of M & M & Fs…

In the audience…reinforcements….

Moe McIntee….wife of the Vice Mayor…CIC Vice Chair…..internet investigator …of those who have been “warned”….

The Mission tonight….

DO NOT LET THE MPSC WORK ON THE OVERLAY DISTRICTS!….

That is for the P & Z…and Ms. Furth… as presiding Chair of the P & Z while the appointed Chair…Peanuts Wick is gone for the summer….

BCbythesea…after it was brought up again…on the dais by Comm. Dodd….his intent to direct the MPSC to address the Overlay….and eventually work with the P & Z…those who appeared this evening let it be known…immediately after the Commission meeting…the Overlay…”belonged” to the P & Z!….

So what happens….

Comm. Dodd spoke…before leaving for his Hillsboro monthly meeting..and speaking once again to the committee…on what he was looking for from them….specifically the Overlay project….

He leaves….

Fast forward….

New member….Marc Furth….informs the committee….he (Furth) does not think the commissioners should be “allowed” to come and speak to the committee…it might “sway” them…and it should come from the commission on the dais as a whole…. Marilyn Carr…agrees!….

Newly elected Chair…Novak…shrugs and says they haven’t had any direction from the dais…

It just lays there …no decision…but certainly…a “calculated jab” at CIC former- Chair …Comm. Dodd!…..

BCbythesea…a little history here…..

Comm. Dodd was adamant about the MPSC being able to do what they needed to …unfettered by certain dais members..( Vice Mayor/ Comm. Silverstone) with their own agendas….which is why he made a motion which was voted on 5-0 for Sunshine notices to be a regular part of all Board/Committee meetings…enabling the commission to come and speak!…..

Now for part 2 of the Mission….

New member Furth….begins by saying as a commissioner he never wanted to be seen as “self-serving”….but now he would be….. SURPRISE!….

The MPSC…should address as its major project….EL Mar Drive…the street he resides on….

Nods all around….and the MPSC…has now successfully been “diverted” from the Overlay!…..

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!….

BCbythesea….Faithful readers will note in many previous posts…. the problems on El Mar Drive……and the need to do something about it…sewers/flooding/trees…and the like….

BUT….

The Overlay…was put forth by Comm. Dodd…to get it on a March Referendum….and as Shirley Russotti pointed out this evening……when a previous P & Z Board worked on the last Overlay…it took over 2 years!…

Thus the advantage of using both advisory Boards to address this time sensitive project! OOPS!

El Mar Drive….where will the money come from?….

There was talk of the Oriana escrow million….

1. The Oriana needs to get their Certificate of Occupancy ……

Problem is……

They are in no hurry….to get a CO….

They may not have enough buyers to obtain it according to Ms Russotti……a local real estate agent…who has dealt with the development….

and…

Wasn’t that money SUPPOSED to be used to return the one lane in front of Oriana…. to two lanes?….

BCbythesea…hears…that 2-lane El Mar proponent Cristie Furth……has had a change of heart with this…and thinks it should be left… ONE lane….HUH?….

Will this commission follow such a plan…if and when this town receives the big bucks?….

Are you listening CIC members?….

2. Where is the money for this in this year’s budget?….

3. To do El Mar Drive …will probably take 2 years…with the input from all…. along with the required…..grants….permits….plans…developers….

and by then….

a possible change in the majority on the dais…in the next election….

so here we go again …..

YES…..THEY CHANGED THE COURSE OF THE COMMITTEE…..BUT IT WILL COST….

in money and more wasted time for this committee….and on the dais….

more to come….

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