Thursday, March 17, 2005
Susan Blair, President of PTRA, gave a stellar presentation for the remonstrance. City-county councilors Ike Randolph (District 1) and Greg Bowes (District 7) attended the hearing and spoke in support of the remonstrance. As well, Councilors Angela Mansfield (District 2) and Lynn McWhirter (District 6), who could not attend, sent the MDC letters of opposition to the rezoning request. Davis Homes was represented by an experienced attorney who gave a strong presentation for the petitioner, but Susan and our councilors were exceedingly well prepared with statistics on real estate foreclosures in Pike and the school situation. The final vote among the 6 voting commissioners was 1 for the petitioner and 5 against the rezoning request by Davis.
This is a significant outcome for Pike residents and a benefit for our Traders Point school issues. Susan and our councilors deserve our sincere thanks. Consider sending each a note of appreciation.
As a final note on the zoning hearing: this was a first for me to witness a zoning hearing with such intensity by the petitioner and remonstrant including powerful rebuttals. It was actually riveting. Those of us Traders Point residents in attendance stood in support of the remonstrance, though without actually commenting to the commissioners ourselves. Presence at the hearing was helpful in the winning cause. The lesson is that of unity in cause – strength in numbers. Please take this lesson to heart concerning the upcoming Pike Township School Board Meetings on March 24th and April 14th.