Just after the Louisa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) defeated a motion by Duane Adams, Mineral district representative, to stop wireless broadband from providing broadband access to Louisa citizens, he removed the Mineral representative from the Louisa County Broadband Authority (BBA). This is his right as the incoming supervisor.
However, according to a source inside of the BBA, Mr. Adams wants to replace the Mineral representative with a resident of the Patrick Henry district and wants the BOS to change the by-laws of the BBA to allow him to do it.
What part of representative government is being tampered with here?
The broadband authority has been extremely slow to act. This is true. However, it was founded on the principle that each of the seven voting districts would be represented by a resident of that district. The BOS correctly reasoned that since the BBA was to be countywide in scope, it should have members who could represent the interests of the entire county.
Mr. Adams would eliminate Mineral from voting representation on the BBA. For what reason? Is it because Mineral residents spoke out against his failed motion? Does he hope to derail the BBA by placing a “ringer” in the BBA? Does Patrick Henry need two votes on the BBA?
You’ve got to wonder what Mr. Adams is thinking and who he expects to serve in this county. Unless I failed to listen in my history classes, this country was founded on representative government. It appears that Mr. Adams is attempting to subvert the working of the BBA from within since he was unable to subvert it by a vote of the entire BOS.
Editor’s note: this piece originally appeared as a letter to the editor in the January 25th edition of the Central Virginian, and has been corrected to reflect which district the replacement for the Mineral representative on the Broadband Authority is from, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission.