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Monday, August 7, 2017

I Apologize for Tonight's "Cluster" of a Meeting......

Our meeting tonight was poorly planned.  I personally apologize to all citizens that attended tonight....We will do a better job at next month's rescheduled meeting...


The room was not big enough.

Our meeting tonight was poorly planned.  I personally apologize to all citizens that attended tonight....We will do a better job at next month's rescheduled meeting...


There were not enough chairs for the folks that came to the meeting.
Our meeting tonight was poorly planned.  I personally apologize to all citizens that attended tonight....We will do a better job at next month's rescheduled meeting...


Tempers flared as folks in the back of the room struggled to hear the speakers in the front.

Our meeting tonight was poorly planned.  I personally apologize to all citizens that attended tonight....We will do a better job at next month's rescheduled meeting...


And then the breaking point came when some in the crowd demanded that we immediately cancel and re-schedule the meeting.

One attendee, as I was attempting to calm the room, began screaming about the temperature and the lack of room and his inability to hear----and the whole thing devolved from there....

So to all of those who made an effort to come to tonight's meeting--I apologize.  This meeting was a cluster, there are no two ways about it.

But the good news for those that stayed is that we were eventually able to discuss this project with dozens of citizens, and a lot of folks left with a better understanding of the timeline for construction of this beltway connector  and the amount of land needed to construct the project.  I passed out 50 business cards and everyone that contacts me will get a response.

Additionally--we announced another meeting about this project will be scheduled for mid September--at which time much more up-to-date information will be presented and a LARGER, AIR-CONDITIONED venue will be acquired for the meeting.

But, there is no sugar-coating the pill--tonight's meeting was an epic failure and I apologize for this to all that attended.  We will do better, I will do better at the next meeting.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

From the outside looking in, sounds like the guy screaming should have been shown the door.

Anonymous said...

...or adults could act like adults...not unruly chldren

Anonymous said...

Anonymous please refrain from judgement unless you are in our shoes. You have no idea what these people are feeling or thinking. Would you want someone to build a fee way in your front yard, or tell you you have to leave the home and land you have spent 35 years of hard work in?