A few months back, at a special meeting on November 7th there was a loud clamor over at the town council meeting. At first, we thought maybe Mrs. O’Leary and her friend Bessie were kicking up their hooves again but it seems as if a different kind of fire had caught hold of our Town.
Lots of Woodsiders were upset with the permitting process and with the treatment they were receiving in the building, planning and engineering department and, despite their fear of retribution from staff, came to the meeting to speak their mind. While everyone there was polite, they nevertheless told some sad stories and voiced real fears. When most everyone voiced concerns that staff might initiate reprisals, we were a bit surprised anyone could chew their cud afterward. Instead, none of the Council or Susan George herself even questioned this possibility.
The Town plan review process is broken. We’re happy the council agreed that the process needs fixing but what about dealing with the notion that it’s acceptable to have a staff like this? Susan George went so far as to say “I really am concerned, and I accept full responsibility for whatever is broken about the process.” It’s in the Almanac.
By the time the dust cleared, Ms. George had agreed to hold a series of meetings to get to the bottom of the problem and provide some good fixes. This doesn’t really bode well – after all isn’t she the head of staff? Hasn’t staff been taking her orders for years? Haven’t all these problems already gone to her for resolution and she has instead sided with staff? But now to “protect” the citizenry from staff she will hold “private” meetings?
It’s been 2 and a half months since that fateful night and we haven’t heard another peep. Have you?
We’ve seen nothing in the Almanac about meetings taking place. Have you? We’ve even canvassed a number of our family and friends who have built in Woodside in the last few years and so far none of them have received any notice either…