UPDATE: Supervisor Steve Taylor is awfully silent on this one, as he should be

Previously on This Just In…

The update:

Supervisor Dan Sebring quickly responded to my post and I’m appreciative. Here’s the pertinent portion of his e-mail to me:

The only thing the board approved and I voted in favor of was the route the BRT would take should it be built, and authorizing the Department of Transportation to apply for federal grant monies.

The BRT is by no means “a done deal”, and there are still at least two more opportunities to “pull the plug” on the project one being in the budget process and the other in the final approval of the design and engineering study.  There is still a great deal of discussion going on regarding the BRT between supervisors and their constituents and I am not sold on the BRT by any means.  I think it is fortunate that there are still opportunities for further discussion before final approval of the BRT as I have become aware that the public often “chimes in” after the board acts and public input comes too late.

The reason I didn’t vote “NO” is because I know there are two more opportunities to make the argument that public, our constituents, are opposed to the project and I need more time to gather that public input (as do other supervisors) to make that argument and persuade other supervisors that we do indeed have a greater responsibility to our constituents than to MCTS and this project.

With all due respect, Supervisor Sebring just made a strong case as to why he should have voted NO.

I am not sold on the BRT by any means.

If that’s the case then why the YES vote?

I know there are two more opportunities to make the argument that public, our constituents, are opposed to the project and I need more time to gather that public input (as do other supervisors) to make that argument and persuade other supervisors that we do indeed have a greater responsibility to our constituents than to MCTS and this project

If there are doubts and more information is needed, then why offer support with a YES vote? And a YES vote is just that, a vote to keep the project moving forward.

Sebring had an opportunity at last week’s meeting to argue on the floor that the Board has a greater responsibility to their constituents, and could have done so without having to gather public input as he stated. There have already been public hearings and news reports about this wasteful and disruptive project. Despite his doubts and “not being sold” he said nothing and nodded along with 13 others.

Sebring writes The BRT is by no means “a done deal.” No, but it keeps chugging along. Support seems overwhelming.

I also wonder if Supervisors Sebring and Taylor have taken into consideration what benefits their constituents actually get out of this.

BTW, Supervisor Luigi Schmitt who represents an area that contains the proposed BRT route (and voted YES even though he brought up all kinds of issues during a rambling floor speech at last week’s meeting) said that without the federal subsidy the project can’t be built. Knowing this County Board I wouldn’t be so sure about that.

And finally let’s not assume the Feds will open up their pile of cash for the BRT.

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