Mr. Horne and friends came to visit the Council yesterday to discuss the comprehensive plan and the new approach under County Executive Jan Gardner. The plan needs revamping after changes to zoning in 2012. You may remember that a steering committee was established and the County put out a survey that solicited feedback from residents and the panel said that they felt very pleased with the rate of response and diversity of views represented in the information they have collected. This included 15,000 comments and responses to open-ended survey questions.
Good points were made, such as the need to be more proactive with planning for future growth, as we have been reactive in the past. Special concerns included anticipating a fairly dramatic increase in our aging population and preparing for future transportation policy needs.
Stupid points were made, too, and you get two guesses as to who made them. First one doesn’t count! Just as quick as they concluded, Billy had questions. His questions always seem to be of an I didn’t really understand what was going on just now, so I’m going to pick an argument over something trivial to make myself seem involved nature. Billy wants to know why the title is Livable Frederick when it is really the comprehensive plan. This went on in a hostile tone and for far longer than good manners allow. Namaste to the gentleman who seized upon the teachable analogy. Internal monologue something like:
I wonder what this guy already knows about that I can relate this concept to? Oooh. This is gonna be difficult. Not seltzer. That’s elitist like arugula. Aha! Big Gulp! He worked at 7-11. It says so in his bio. Thank goodness I did my research and knew to expect these hard hitting questions at a county workshop…
“It’s like…Coca-Cola. They don’t have to tell you it is a sweetened carbonated beverage, because people understand that.”
But, instead we have Billy.
We have no complaints about Kirby, for a change. He has to float criticism. It’s his way. But, thank goodness it was respectful and rant-free. In fact, we have been mulling over the several ways in which Kirby is actually better than Billy. For another day.
4 thoughts on “Workshop Livable Frederick: Kirby is better than Billy”
Livable Frederick was a unified vision derived from the data collected from the survey that was open for months to gather what the citizens of the County wanted in the future. To get to where we all want to be, It starts in the planning stage.
It is a wise to shift in a direction of a hierarchical planning for growth. Rather than planning by individual development,
We need a total systems approach to planning to maximize the existing infrastructure, and not destroy the beauty of the County, but achieve harmony with our rich agricultural history and maintain the maximum open green space possible.. That’s one of the reasons, a Convention and Conference would be a great attraction, for all the businesses in Frederick. Surrounding Hotels & B&B’s would not suffer, but share in the prosperity of making Frederick a tourist destination. So whether the planning is changing, from being called a comprehensive plan or Livable Frederick is because the new comprehensive plan has a mission statement from the survey opened to every citizen oft County.
Livable Frederick, as Billie nose, is a Democratic party plot to deport all Republicans to Alabama.
Billy nose? He probably has one.
I lived in Alabama for 18 years and I can assure you that there are plenty of Republicans in that state. They don’t need any more.
Annonuser, You’re right that it’s Billy’s nose, because when he opens his mouth it is obvious that he “knows” nothing about how to legislate. The opposition on the council does nothing to try to reach consensus by being prepared to add some input that they are interested in promoting. They are just obstructionists, who want everything their way like the old BOCC. Their only purpose is to try to make Jan Gardner look bad before the next election so they can benefit with the election of their own candidate, Kirby. They are supposed to be working for the benefit of all the citizens of Frederick. If it’s a democratic plot to get rid of Republicans to Alabama, I think Billy, Chemlik, and Kirby should be the 1st to go. But why should Alabama be picked on? They already have enough of their own problems!