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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Town Meeting last night

I attended the Town Council meeting last night. Two quick points of interest:

1. The Byrne Dairy scheduled to be built in Lakeland seemed to have support among most constituents, despite what appeared to be a harsh tone. The residents that spoke up passionately against the store were more against the hours of operation, and increased traffic on the side streets that would affect local homeowners.

I have to agree - why does a Byrne Dairy in Lakeland have to be open 24 hours a day?!? Will they really be doing that much business from 12-6 a.m.? Shut the lights off, lock up and come in early in the morning again. Sounds simple to me. The issue of safety for residents and workers is a valid issue.

As far as the traffic goes, I don't think that it is realistic or good for the town to try and limit "traffic" on State Fair Blvd. It is the main road into the business district there, and anyone who bought a home on it, must have realized that from day 1. For the side streets, I think that it is a legitimate concern regarding speeding and blowing stop signs, and cutting through into the parking lot. I have to imagine that this could be curtailed with new street lights, increased law enforcement of stop signs and speeding in the area.

I think that if these issues are addressed, then there will be little opposition to a vacant building with no purpose being torn down for the addition of a Byrne Dairy.

2. The town website will be updated soon, and they will be working on getting meeting agendas up ahead of time, so that residents can find out what is up for discussion and vote prior to the meeting, and then have minutes of the meeting afterwards to review.

I left early - It was Valentine's Day, you know... Anything else interesting happen? Any comments?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I WAS AT THAT MEETING TOO, AND THE
ISSUES OF DEVELOPMENT WERE PUT INTO
THE TERMS OF THE SUPERVISORS MESSAGE VERBABLY, THESE APPLICATIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT MEAN THAT GEDDES IS IN HIS WORDS" A
EXCITING PLACE TO BE ", THIS WILL
DEPEND ON IF THE GLASS IN HALF FULL
OR HALF EMPTY? I WAS CONFUSED ABOUT
THE QUESTION OF ONE COUNCILOR BROUGHT UP ABOUT THE TRANSFER OF
FUNDS TO BALANCE DEPARTMENT BUDGETS
WHEN THE MONEY IN QUESTION WAS FOR
LAST YEARS ROADS. THE COMPTROLLER
LOOKED A LITTLE BLANK WHEN THIS COUNCILOR SAID WHY NOT USE FUNDS
INSTEAD OF BARROWING ? THE SUPERVISOR SAID WE NEED TO KEEP THE MONEY IN RESERVE FOR A TIME
OF NEED? THE VOTE WAS 5-2 ON THIS
ITEM, I ADMIT THE HOLDING OF OF
$400,000 DOLLARS IN ONE POCKET AND
NEEDING TO BARROW MORE CONFUSES ME.

2:08 PM

 
Blogger baloghblog said...

I had left before that took place. Maybe Manny or one of the other councilors will read this post and clarify.

6:22 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why don't you check with town clerk
and get information, then you can
report correctly,or is this blog
being prepared by the views of a
single councilor?

8:10 PM

 
Blogger baloghblog said...

No it is not the views of one councilor, he's just the one councilor who happens to take the time to come to this blog and post comments. I have sent the website to all of the councilors and the supervisor. He is the only one to post publicly.

I will not be commenting on issues that I am not privy to, and frankly I don't know what you expect me to ask the clerk?

me: "Yes, someone on my blog asked about borrowing vs. spending monies that were supposedly from last year's road work."

Clerk: "I don't know what you're talking about."

me: "me neither, never mind."

My point was perhaps someone on the council will know what the commenter is talking about and post a response to it.

9:05 PM

 
Blogger manny falcone said...

good evening , the issue of have the money in fund balance , has a lot effect on our bond raiting, the lower the fund balance the lower the bond rating, there are a many views on the amount needed , the state comptrolers office gave an opinion on this issue and i will get it and attemt to post it here, fund balance needs to be there, if we exaust it the taxes raise , intrest rates are still very low, i will have more to follow , thank you manny falcone

9:43 PM

 

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