The Case Of The Shrinking Agenda
You will recall that I mentioned that the Planning Commission meeting Monday had an even smaller agenda than originally planned. Well, it got shorter before the meeting actually began when the two remaining Sober Living Home appeals were snatched from the agenda, by the applicant minutes before the meeting began. Seems he figured out that he needed legal representation at the meeting, even though he had been notified of the schedule on October 6th. Chairman Rob Dickson announced the request for extension and asked the applicant, Richard Perlin, to explain the reasons. The commission agreed to continue the hearing to a date certain - November 14th - and Perlin jumped up AFTER the vote was taken to opine that his attorney might not be available on that date. Commissioner Stephan Andranian expressed what appeared to be the opinion of the other commissioners when he said the applicant had plenty of time to acquire legal representation and he was not willing to consider re-voting to extend this process further. The November 14th date stood.
And, the meeting took an even weirder turn when several members of the public showed up hoping to address the proposed development at 440 Fair Drive even though that item was NEVER on the published agenda! Seems the plan was to include it when the deadline for notification of neighbors approached, so notices were sent out, but the issue never made onto the agenda. This resulted in several members of the public even angrier than they already were about this project.
GANAHL LUMBER EXTENSION
That left only one item on the agenda - Public Hearing #1, the request from Ganahl Lumber for a retroactive extension on the plan to move their business next door to a site next door. That one was dealt with quickly as consultant Peter Naghavi explained the process and the delays with several layers of bureaucracy. He said they will be ready to go before the end of the year. The commission passed the extension, 5-0.
Earlier, during Public Comments, a half-dozen members of the public stepped up to the podium.
Beth Refakes told the commission that the recent candy drive for the children of the 1/5 Marines was very successful and thanked the public for the support.
During Commissioner Comments Andranian inquired about the noticing procedures with 440 Fair Drive.
Tim Sesler, who apparently removed the marbles from his mouth for this meeting, whined about the criticism leveled at the commission by speakers. He said it was unethical and immoral. He said it showed a lack of stability and professionalism. Yes, sir... little Timmy, making friends whenever he opens his mouth.