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07.15.06 -- Article: Ban on historic district ratified, council president's response: 'you didn't do anything.'

Council responds to voter initiated charter amendment

By CHER PHILLIPS

McINTOSH -- The Town Council ratified an amendment Thursday to the McIntosh Town charter residents elected by a landslide vote.

Town Council President Joe Phillips said at the town council meeting that he only had one statement about the petition amendment special election the town held Tuesday.

He began by quoting the entry from this blog titled, “Why July 11 is a very, very important day.”

“I will take just a statement that I guess was written in the blog that says, ‘If you do nothing this week, make sure you take time to get out and make your voice heard’ and that’s what you accomplished by passing the amendment to the charter two nights ago here to ban expansion of the historic district,” Phillips said. “You didn’t do anything.”

Phillips added he thought the election was so unimportant that he did not even vote. His comment met a stunned and silent group of town residents and council members.

But 166 of the town’s 361 (numbers as of January) registered voters did show up. The amendment passed by a landslide of 148 votes for yes and 18 voted for no, approving a ban on expansion.

The charter amendment offered the residents a method for banning expansion of the historic district. While council members in the past have said they did not plan to expand the district, they did pass a new historic ordinance in June that offered methods of increasing the historic designated areas, under protest of many residents who were present at that meeting.

Council member Jim Strange asked if there was anyone in the crowd who questioned the election totals. No one did. But Bill Glass asked the council to reconsider before they passed the voted referendum. He said the amendment was illegal.

Strange motioned to ratify the amendment and the council ratified it unanimously. Attorney Scott Walker said the charter would next be sent to Marion County and the state.

posted by Cher @ 4:28 PM,

11 Comments:

At   July 17, 2006 11:05 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

"You didn't do anything." I don't understand the council president addressing audience members with this level of disrespect.

 
At   July 17, 2006 11:12 PM     ,    Blogger Cher    said...

Anonymous, I don't understand it either. But I thought it was an important part of the meeting to show readers. Especially since there was a great deal of stress in this meeting put on treating each other respectfully.
I hope that some readers can download the audio files and listen themselves to tone and interactions I couldn't do justice to in this blog. Thanks for reading, -Cher

 
At   July 18, 2006 9:42 AM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Let's ask Lee Winters to be on

Town Council, she has a heart

for the people along with wisdom.

Let's see if she will run for one

of the upcoming positions. Also,

Mr. Crenshaw and Jim Walkup would

be a excellent choices for the

positions. What we don't need

bull headed individuals who can't handle power in it's simplist format.

 
At   July 18, 2006 9:57 AM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Out little town does not need a

CRA. Oooops, I forgot, we were not

supposed to talk about the entire

side effects of having a CRA. We

were supposed to just believe the

Gov. would give McIntosh a myriad

of monies to help beautify our

town without the negative perks

as well. The list of negatives

outways the list of positives.

The members of our community can

read the entire Community

Redevelopment Stats from the

State of Florida and all the

powers that come along with the

program.

Now, lets talk about the heavy

burden the Historic Board would

like to place upon the buildings

within our historic district.

For example, the new list of

do's and don'ts. We can no

longer place a shingled roof on

historic buildings within the

historic district. Does anyone

know the true cost of a metal

roof these days? Not only are we

told what kind of roof we may

use,we are now burdened with the

COLOR of our new roofs. Say what,

is this the days of Hitler all

over again?

 
At   July 18, 2006 10:00 AM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Way to go Cher for allowing the

truth to be heard. I applaud you.

 
At   July 18, 2006 12:40 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

You are wrong yes you can put a shingled roof on in the historic district

 
At   July 18, 2006 2:27 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

The Baptist Church needs a new roof. Guess what, the Historic Board wants an expensive "metal/tin" roof. No way! Let's get this message to the Historic Board, "Beauty and history does not mean abuse of power and cookie cutter town roofs!"

If one desires class, take a good look at Madison, Georgia. They have an entire down town area with mostly old, stately homes with a vibrant down-town shopping area!

The entire historic corridor has a variety of shingled and metal roofs all blended into one little community. The key word here is "blended" not matchy matchy! Take note Historic Committee. You can have a vibrant town without all the power play rules...that you have tried to impose on the community of McIntosh! We, the people, as a community shall proceed with all legal avenues to see that our homes are kept as "our homes." We, as a community, shall be heard as one voice, we shall not back down, nor have our colors run. We came here for the quiet enjoyment of our homes and that we shall seek. We shall look out for our neighbors and be called united.

 
At   July 18, 2006 2:55 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

This is exactly why a handful of people in town dislike this blog.....it has people talking.

 
At   July 18, 2006 3:57 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

I think that talking is very important to resolving important issues, also hopefully to set the record straight and get rid of some of the "he said she said". This is a nice way to have a community forum. McIntosh needs concrete goals!!

 
At   July 19, 2006 7:58 AM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

The handful of people who dislike the blog are the ones causing the trouble! Keep up yhe good work Cher.

 
At   July 19, 2006 7:59 AM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

If the Church wants a shingle roof they should fight it im sure that the people who care will back the Church up.

 

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