If you didn’t make the meeting tonight, you aren’t going to get a report from me. Not much anyway. You’ll have to read what Alan has to say about it in the INDY…or talk to someone who was there. The presenter talked for an hour then fielded questions …and dodged hand axes …for another hour.
I will say there were between 125 and 150 people, mostly rural residents, and some came with preconceived ideas about zoning and were not very willing to listen to the presenter. Mostly they were just a group of people who didn’t like what was being said.
And I will say there was a handful who displayed no manners or couth. One in particular was bullish, uncultured, barbaric, boorish, churlish, coarse, crass, crude, gross, ill-bred, indelicate, philistine, rough, rude, tasteless, uncivilized, uncouth, uncultivated, unpolished, unrefined and vulgar. That about covers him, imo. Oh, and did I mention “threatening”? He threatened county commissioners with ouster if they took any action on zoning. As if anyone ever listens to him.
A couple were boorish. And, there were a few who were disrespectful who grew up in homes where I know their moms taught them better manners than that. That surprised me.
And there were a few gentlemen who asked good probing questions …Don, Curt, Terry, etc. Their frustration was controlled.
The presenter didn’t do a very good job, but I understand he’s very good at what he does. He knows the material; he just didn’t do a very good job conveying it to the audience. But that was no excuse for the boorish treatment he received from a few. He did this on his own and wasn’t paid for it.
The county commissioners are doing the right thing by exploring the possibilities of zoning and are to be commended for it.