Friday, December 17, 2010

Fairgrounds public hearing move amounts to much ado about very little

Published by Michael Casson December 17, 2010 in Local and Politics. Gee, that was worth the trou­ble. A few hours after Metro Coun­cil com­mit­tee chairs Megan Barry and Vivian Wil­hoite announced Wednes­day that they had moved a pub­lic hear­ing on Ten­nessee State Fair­grounds leg­is­la­tion from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13 — to avoid a con­flict with col­lege football’s cham­pi­onship game and “accom­mo­date as many cit­i­zens as pos­si­ble” — Barry said the date actu­ally hadn’t been nailed down yet. Today, Barry and Wil­hoite reported back with the new date — no, scratch that: new time — for the hear­ing: Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. rather than 5:30. Yes, you read that right. After get­ting some blow­back from a few upset coun­cil mem­bers, the hear­ing was moved by an entire 30 minutes. From the lat­est Barry/Wilhoite announcement: We appre­ci­ate the con­cerns raised by Coun­cil mem­bers regard­ing the date for a pub­lic hear­ing meet­ing on pro­posed leg­is­la­tion regard­ing the Fair­grounds — Ordi­nance Nos. BL2010-770 and BL2010-820. Based on the feed­back we received, we have decided to go back to the orig­i­nally planned date of Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 10th. We will move the start time to 5:00 p.m. in our Coun­cil Cham­ber in the His­toric Metro Courthouse.

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