Bending the rules?
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The Oct. 1 Grand County Council meeting again drew a large number of people waiting to hear the council’s decision regarding Randy Day’s application to change the zoning on his property at the corner of Murphy Lane and Cedar Hills Road.

At the Sept. 17 council meeting, after months of meetings, research, letter writing, emails and petitions by hundreds of people opposing this zone change, the standing-room-only crowd was permitted to voice opinions to the council. We expected a decision. Instead, council chairman Gene Ciarus told us that the council needed to wait and get any further responses, but that they must be in writing. He said there would be no public comments allowed at the Oct. 1 meeting.

Imagine our surprise and confusion during the Oct. 1 meeting when item number nine on the agenda read “Citizens to be heard!”

Wait a minute – doesn’t that mean public comments? Aren’t they prohibited at this meeting?

Did the council change its mind? Well, then, we can again speak up on this issue.

What ensued, however, is that Randy Day took the microphone and read the letter that he had given to the council, in which he withdrew his rezone application.

I, and many others have a question for the council. Randy Day had already withdrawn his application. A simple announcement by the council was all that was needed. Why was Randy Day allowed to speak at the meeting, when others were not?

Oh, and about that “map” that he presented to the council and the press. Where can we get a look at it?

—Ann Ertel

Moab

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