Let’s get this party started! Billy votes against the agenda, and we have to wonder, once again, why that doesn’t boot him right off the dais? If he doesn’t approve the agenda then shouldn’t he have to leave? We vote yes!
Water and Sewer amendment is moved to the top of the agenda. Staff presents and amendment is passed.
Billy abstains from the budget adjustments, while everyone else says they are A-OK!
All of the county executive’s appointments are approved 7-0.
We have a nice presentation about transportation priorities and then there’s a vote to authorize the FY 2019 TransIT grant, which is decided with a 7-0 vote.
Tony wants authorization to go to Annapolis to testify in favor of Comptroller Franchot’s brewery bill. There’s another dueling bill that’s apparently trying to punish another brewery in Baltimore, but will actually hurt ALL state breweries. Permission is granted as long as Tony submits his comments to the other council members beforehand for their input.
We have two bills on the third reading schedule. Amendments were added to both, so they will go back to public hearing. Here’s the FNP article that discussed both of those issues. We have some highlights as well:
-Billy has issues with County Attorney Mathias and whom he represents. Billy thinks of the whole county government setup as the council vs. the county executive, instead of what it should be: a cohesive county government with checks and balances that cooperates for the good of its citizens. Tis not the Billy way! Mr. Mathias is the county attorney, which means he represents BOTH the county executive AND the county council. So, when Billy turns on his mike to once again question where Mr. Mathias’ allegiance lies, Mr. Mathias HAS HAD IT! He raises his voice and says, “I don’t know why you keep saying that!” Then goes on to explain for the elevenbillionity time that as STIPULATED in the charter he represents BOTH! Billy then wants Mr. Chomel, who is the legal council for the council, to weigh in. Mr. Chomel tells Billy that he defers to the opinion of the county attorney. We LOLOLOL, and miraculously Billy shuts his trap.
-Numerous amendments are added to both of these bills, mainly by Tony. M.C. also has a few, some of which she withdraws due to being redundant to Tony’s. Both amendments she does propose need a second. And both times, Billy so very rudely screams no. Jerry, both times, then seconds them so they can be discussed. One of M.C.’s amendments is to allow 90% of either the residential or commercial owners in a development to vote if a zoning change is to be made in a development in which they bought property. Her theory is that property owners should have a say in something that would change the value of their property, ESPECIALLY if it is different from the original plan. Well, high brow intellectual Billy Shreve screams that this is socialism. Really and truly not understanding the meaning of that word. Her amendment fails.
There’s a break and then we come back to hear testimony on the Forest Ordinance Bill. People are pleased that the council worked together with the county executive and the public to work this out! Imagine that, people like it when their government works together and compromises! Not Billy’s dystopian version of it when one side is always pitted against the other.
Tony and Kirby passed on their comments. So, we went to Kirby’s Facebook page and looky what he had to say about banning the AR-15 that just slaughtered a bunch of kids and teachers in Florida:
Jerry wants his constituents to contact him regarding their opinion on the MDX bill. Billy is back, once again, with a sign about the student film contest. Jessica is very pleased with the Forest Ordinance, but wants the council to work on the time frame allowed for putting forth amendments to bills.(It’s supposed to be 3 days before the meeting.) M.C.-feel better soon! And Bud wraps up with some events he’s attended.
There’s two meetings next week people-TWO! You all may have to take us out to dinner for all this!