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Public Hearing and Town Council Meeting
Three Variances granted to a business building adjacent to residences.
September 9, 2013
VIDEO Below 
 
1.    Sets a terrible precedent since the Town owns the property and anyone who is declined a variance will surely complain of BIAS....and not one variance but THREE
2.    Worse of all, I think it will set the stage for a legal suit by anyone else with a variance that is rejected.
3.   The size of the lot makes placing a business there not practical...otherwise so many variances would not be necessary.
4.   The very, very close proximity of residences makes it objectionable to the residents.
The INTENT of the Sunshine Laws is to make an effort to keep citizens informed of events that may effect them so they can have input into decisions if desired.  How hard is it to put up three small signs? 
 
Clip from Town Council meeting where the Mayor tells Councilwoman "We don't have to" referring to notifying effected residents of variations to zoning that seriously affects their property.
 
 An observer would think that officials don't want input from the people that elected them! ...I use the word "elected" loosely.  ALL of the officials ran unopposed for office.
 
                            
 
5.   Though notifying affected residents is not a legal requirement, the effected residents certainly should have been given notice so that they could  state opinions...this was pretty sneaky move.  Those voting to approve the variances were Mayor Staley, Councilman Rhodes, and Councilman McElwanney.  Councilwoman Celene Davenport voted against the approval.  Councilwoman Davenport made it very clear that she was strongly opposed to approving the variances.  Councilman Clay Cole was not present
 
Legally he may be correct but in a small town with 350-+ residents and practically no media coverage so that people can follow what's happening, it is very, very  difficult to stay abreast of Mayor and Council's plans!!!.   
 
 
                              
   This is only a short clip.  The previous objections were not taped. This is the proposed business owner making his statements.  The meeting itself was too long to upload so will post select clips (top video) to show mindset of Town Officials.  You particularly need to hear the objections of one of the Council members trying to protect the residents she represents.
 
 
 
 
 
Video Town Council Meeting
June 4, 2012


Still lost in the transition



 
Not present:  Councilman Keith Rhodes


Videos - Town Council Meeting
February 6, 2012


Still lost in the transition







Agenda for this meeting will be added to the Council Meeting Agenda page.
 Minutes will be added when presented at the next meeting.  Two Councilmen were not present at this meeting and both have established a pattern of non-attendance.  One Councilman as missed THIRTEEN meetings in the last thirteen months and one Councilman has missed EIGHT meetings in the last thirteen months.  Present are Mayor Staley, Councilwoman Celene Davenport and Derrick McElwanney  Not present:  Gordy Anderson & Keith Rhodes.
















 First Half of Meeting

In a surprise move, Mayor Staley brought before the council business of the shabby look of the Town with lack of grass cutting and maintenance along the highways and the five entrances to town.  A motion was made, seconded, and passed to correct the problem with additional cutting.  What a welcome change!  Once againour Town will look nice and neat as it did two years ago.  Major Staley must be commended for seeing a problem and wasting no time in correcting it. 

 

What was surprising is the the SAME TWO COUNCILMEN who had agreed with the previous Mayor and made no effort for the previous two years to correct the condition were now in favor of the changeBoth, in fact, wanted to add to the cut.  As council member for two years, I  had tried unsuccessfully to resume the cut that Mayor Staley had put in place in his previous adminsitration.  BOTH COUNCILMEN were against the change and spoke against it at a work session and in support of the former Mayor.  (I have recorded the meetings so have proof.) One councilman even told a person making a complaint,  "I don't want to get involved in the grass cutting."  Really, I thought being involved was why each was elected!

 

It appears that the TWO COUNCILMEN are easily influenced and not independent thinkers.  Or, they just want ,for expediency sake, to agree with the Mayor, whatever he happens to think or whoever it happens to be.  Or,  pulled a "John Kerry";  I voted against it before I voted for it."...wishy-washy......

 

There are five persons on the council for a reason.

 

By the way, both of these COUNCILMEN ran unopposed last November.
















 Comment from a resident about condition of Stovall Street and response.  Councilwoman Davenport reports of progress with several reported problems in her neighborhood including a safer boarding of children on the County School buses.  Councilwoman Davenport has only been in office five months but her immediate involvment in town business and concerns is obvious!  Unless I miss my guess badly, this lady will be pro-active for her neighborhood and town.





Public Hearing re Property Purchase
May 10, 2010








All public comments were favorable regarding property purchase.

Town Council Meeting, January 2, 2010








All council members were present.


2009
 
November 9, 2009 - Entire Meeting












Video Town Council Meeting
June 4, 2012
 
Not present:  Councilman Keith Rhodes
 
Videos - Town Council Meeting
February 6, 2012


Agenda for this meeting will be added to the Council Meeting Agenda page.
 Minutes will be added when presented at the next meeting.  Two Councilmen were not present at this meeting and both have established a pattern of non-attendance.  One Councilman as missed THIRTEEN meetings in the last thirteen months and one Councilman has missed EIGHT meetings in the last thirteen months.  Present are Mayor Staley, Councilwoman Celene Davenport and Derrick McElwanney  Not present:  Gordy Anderson & Keith Rhodes.



 
 First Half of Meeting

In a surprise move, Mayor Staley brought before the council business of the shabby look of the Town with lack of grass cutting and maintenance along the highways and the five entrances to town.  A motion was made, seconded, and passed to correct the problem with additional cutting.  What a welcome change!  Once againour Town will look nice and neat as it did two years ago.  Major Staley must be commended for seeing a problem and wasting no time in correcting it. 

 

What was surprising is the the SAME TWO COUNCILMEN who had agreed with the previous Mayor and made no effort for the previous two years to correct the condition were now in favor of the changeBoth, in fact, wanted to add to the cut.  As council member for two years, I  had tried unsuccessfully to resume the cut that Mayor Staley had put in place in his previous adminsitration.  BOTH COUNCILMEN were against the change and spoke against it at a work session and in support of the former Mayor.  (I have recorded the meetings so have proof.) One councilman even told a person making a complaint,  "I don't want to get involved in the grass cutting."  Really, I thought being involved was why each was elected!

 

It appears that the TWO COUNCILMEN are easily influenced and not independent thinkers.  Or, they just want ,for expediency sake, to agree with the Mayor, whatever he happens to think or whoever it happens to be.  Or,  pulled a "John Kerry";  I voted against it before I voted for it."...wishy-washy......

 

There are five persons on the council for a reason.

 

By the way, both of these COUNCILMEN ran unopposed last November. 

 

SECOND HALF OF MEETING

 Comment from a resident about condition of Stovall Street and response.  Councilwoman Davenport reports of progress with several reported problems in her neighborhood including a safer boarding of children on the County School buses.  Councilwoman Davenport has only been in office five months but her immediate involvment in town business and concerns is obvious!  Unless I miss my guess badly, this lady will be pro-active for her neighborhood and town.


 
Public Hearing re Property Purchase
May 10, 2010
All public comments were favorable regarding property purchase.
 

Town Council Meeting, January 2, 2010
 
All council members were present.

2009
 
November 9, 2009 - Entire Meeting








Public Budget Hearing for 2010 Budget
Held December 7, 2009












 You need to watch the public hearing and how "controlled" it was.  Only selected questions were allowed...hardly necessary with only 5 people present which included the Mayor-elect's family. and the council member-elect.     
 
Present for Public Hearing:  Mayor McElwanney, Council Members, Connie Turner, Keith Rhodes. Absent from Public Hearing: Gordy Anderson
 
Present for December meeting:  Mayor McElwanney, Council Members, Connie Turner, Keith Rhodes.  Absent:  Gordy Anderson
























 Present: November Meeting  Connie Turner, Derrick McElwaney, the Mayor,  Keith Rhodes, Donna Camp, Town Clerk.  Absent:  Gordy Anderson. 
 
 Meeting Agenda  To follow:  This was council meeting where the Tree Committee was "fired" after a full year of work and completing ALL requirements to qualify again in 2009 for Tree City USA.  To view the clip re "firing" go to Sharpsburg Tree Committee page.


 You need to watch the public hearing and how "controlled" it was.  Only selected questions were allowed...hardly necessary with only 5 people present which included the Mayor-elect's family. and the council member-elect.     
 
Present for Public Hearing:  Mayor McElwanney, Council Members, Connie Turner, Keith Rhodes. Absent from Public Hearing: Gordy Anderson
 
Present for December meeting:  Mayor McElwanney, Council Members, Connie Turner, Keith Rhodes.  Absent:  Gordy Anderson

January 4, 2010, Entire Meeting