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Thursday, August 05, 2010

The dog ate my homework

The Indy and BCR are reporting that Keystone Kops Law Firm K&L Gates, attorneys for Fairway Outdoor Advertising, are requesting a postponement of Monday's scheduled public hearing and vote by the BoCC on Fairway's billboard rezoning request. The postponement request comes on the heels of Fairway's loss at the City Council on Monday night.

The Indy sez that Byker has concern's about the BoCC's ability to manage two contentious issues in one night.
The reason for the request is to relieve county commissioners of having to deal with two very contentious issues—changes to the billboard ordinance, and a rezoning case that would allow a controversial development—on the same night, he said. Both are scheduled for public hearings during Monday's meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. A meeting just about that controversial development, 751 South, pushed past midnight two weeks ago.

"I don't think it's fair to county commissioners to have to deal with both on the same night," Byker said. He indicated there was no other reason for asking for the delay, including any benefit to the firm itself, by giving it more time to prepare.

This, of course, is the same Patrick Byker who told NCDOT that his other client, SDD, Inc., was giving a 41 foot wide strip of land as an easement to the highway people to "show good faith," while his client was telling newspaper reporters that the easement was created specifically to invalidate a protest petition that could very well derail the rezoning SDD needs for the project.

Given that, we can assume that Mr. Byker probably had other concerns on his mind than the well-being of our County commissioners.

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  • Surely you don't mean to cast aspersions on the good intentions of our friends at K&L Gates? They can't honestly believe that we'll fall for their feigned concern for the workload of the BOCC faced with hearings on the two most contentious issues in Durham. I do hope that Michael Paige is taking some "how to run a meeting" lessons from Bill Bell. His performance at the last BOCC meeting was a nightmare.

    By Blogger Kelly, at 3:55 PM  

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