Motion then made to accept the Water and Sanitation District - with condition of approval that water not be allowed to be exported out of the county and 3 additional conditions of a approval recommended by staff. Motion never taken off the table, nor voted on, nor withdrawn. (Robert’s Rules of Order were nowhere to be seen).
Some members of the PC felt too rushed to make anymore decisions (at 10:53PM). Mr. Craft was clearly unhappy with this decision and tried to get the hearing continued until the next day; however 5 commissioners were unable to meet on Wednesday evening. Kyle Fenner also attempted to schedule the continuance for the next day, clearly in violation of the 24 hour notice requirement for public meetings.
Motion to continue to July 18 made (after 11PM, a violation of county regulations). Moved, seconded and approved.
This meeting was an embarrassing demonstration of the lack of proper procedure and protocol for a Planning Commission. All parties, from the public to the staff to the applicant, were justifiably frustrated and disappointed at the lack of professionalism and absence of a semblance of order (i.e. Robert’s Rules of Orders). It is incumbent upon the chair of the Planning Commission, particularly as development knocks on the door of Elbert County, to resolve the inefficiencies that were evident, and to make sure that all members of the Planning Commission have performed their due diligence.
As one citizen stated, heading out the door, “This was the most poorly run meeting I’ve ever attended. Robert’s Rules of Order were clearly lacking.” And from another citizen, “This was painful to watch.”
- Jill Duvall