Muncie City Council December 5th, 2011

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The day has finally come.  The day Muncie City Council will vote on the Layne Crest neighborhood.

The room was packed full of people and I wish it was packed every month.  That being said…..

Linda Gregory asked the minutes of November 1st meeting be amended to include a breakdown of Marshal’s budget cuts.

Mary Jo Barton presented Sam Marshal and Mike King each a plaque for their service on Muncie common council.

Ordinance 39-11 was first on the agenda.  This is the rezoning of what has commonly been called Layne Crest.

Mr. Sam Marshall, president said he would allow one spokesperson from each side to speak. 

The attorney for Campus Crest spoke first.  Mr. Shockley had a compelling argument.  He had drawings, studies, petitions and everything in between.  He presented for nearly 30 minutes.  When he finished, Sam Marshall changed his tune and said he would allow 15 people to speak at three minutes each for the neighborhood.

I would say approximately nine or ten people spoke.  However, there were citizens allowed to speak not in favor of the citizens of the Layne Crest edition.  In my humble opinion, Marshall should had gaveled the speakers and reminded them the purpose of the last half of the meeting.  This was the time for the citizens to represent their views.  How can a group of people who care for their neighborhood even begin to compete with an attorney experienced in presenting an argument, let alone the commercial drawings and promises of a better Muncie?

I’ll cut to the chase.  The ordinance was passed.

Voting for the ordinance:

  1. Conatser
  2. Dishman
  3. Anderson
  4. Barton
  5. Marshall

Voting against the ordinance:

  1. Polk
  2. Gregory
  3. Quirk

Voting to abstain:

  1. King

Alison Quirk read a prepared speech, which gave some an indication of how she might vote. 

Linda Gregory said she agonized over the decision, even lost sleep.  She spent time reading the ordinance, the planning commission recommendation and the zoning board’s decision. 

Mark Conatser gave his opinion why this should pass.

Jerry Dishman, who was elected to represent this area of Muncie, said not a word. 

 I didn’t stay for the rest of the meeting.  I will be surprised if Ordinance 41-11 for the approving of additional appropriations for the budget year of 2011 will be approved.  This includes the $1,000 bonus for the employees.  I believe the employees of Muncie have done an excellent job under some of the most gruelling and trying circumstance, and haven’t received a raise some in four or more years.  Some may say they are not deserving.  I may say that, myself, if I hadn’t seen the extraordinary work they produced.

Good night, Muncie.

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