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No discussions here about physics and relativity, but there are things to be said for looking at things that have happened in the past.
Here in Louisa County, the board of supervisors has been voting on issues it claims to be related to economic development, which turns out to be a very loosely defined term.
Yet, you can hear that term at the board meetings whenever it comes time to make a decision on how to spend or allocate millions of taxpayer dollars without having full understanding of the consequences. The same rationale of economic development is used – willingly or unwittingly – when putting private citizens’ resources at risk.
There are two good examples that show up within the past year, the Shannon Hill Industrial Park and the rezoning for apartments and commerce near Spring Creek. Neither of these has adequately addressed specific benefits to Louisa citizens, other than the vague terms that are more suited to business profitability.
The decisions about Shannon Hill were made based on reports that would have been better if generated as a middle school project. The professionalism of these reports needs to be scrutinized with more thoroughness than they were. There seemed to be no doubt beforehand about the decision the board would make.
When it came time to vote for the rezoning near Spring Creek, did the board use current data and information about groundwater? No! But they did put up a public employee without credentials in hydrogeology to pass off as an expert. Could the board have taken the time to delay a decision until further research was done? Yes! But they chose to ignore any sound advice.
Did the board even recognize an expert in hydrogeology, such as Nick Evans, who provided the supervisors with a rationale for delay? No! Why would anyone from the board care what a real expert has to say? For that matter, they don’t seem to listen to the citizens either.
Now we have the citizens of Louisa County who are going to be left to suffer the consequences of these inexplicable decisions. What to do? There are at least two paths. One is to maintain the status quo of continuing to attend the board meetings to make the repetitious complaints that the supervisors have heard many times before and have discounted just as many times. The other path is to take some time to gather with organized citizens to display dissatisfaction with, and demand repeal of, those decisions that the citizens don’t want, don’t need, and didn’t ask for.
We don’t need the supervisors to make bad decisions for us. They need to make decisions on our behalf.
We need government for The Rest of Us.
Editor's Note: This originally appeared in the September 26th edition of the Central Virginian, and has been reposted here with the author's permission.
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