Paonia council is a kangaroo court
By Sue Strong
Published Thursday, August 13, 2015 8:18 am
I am writing to state my objection to the Paonia Town Council's lack of process as they pushed through its painted streets policy. On July 14, the Paonia Town Council considered a draft policy. I attended this meeting to become informed since this was the very first discussion about this townwide issue. Although a specific Village Building Convergence (VBC) street painting project had previously been advertised in my neighborhood, the new draft policy would affect all residential streets and neighborhoods throughout town and had only just been proposed (to legitimize the local VBC painting).
Despite the DCI's July 22 reporting on the draft policy, many people were still unaware, but on short notice a petition of citizens opposing the proposed policy was created. On July 28, the Paonia council convened at the regular meeting to consider approval of the policy. Prepared to detail my concerns and present the petition from 92 concerned citizens in opposition, I attended this meeting since I thought that this was the opportunity for citizen input. I presented my objections and the signatures of 92 others against...no letters, petitions, or comments were presented in support of the new townwide policy. Unfortunately, our concerns were cast aside. I was told that I was too late and the 92 others should have presented their concerns sooner. How absurd! The policy was only revealed two weeks earlier! After the meeting, I was advised by Trustee Stewart that I would have to attend meetings more regularly to stay informed in order to have a voice. In fact, I attended all meetings pertaining to this policy.