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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Rewarding incompetence

Good thing i spent a relaxing day at the beach yesterday, cause something like this could really get my blood pressure up.
Southern Durham Development admittedly attempted to foil a second petition that included Chancellor’s Ridge homeowners last week, by donating land rights to part of its property to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. When the N.C. DOT realized its acceptance of that land would nullify the citizens’ petition on a technicality, the department attempted to revoke its acceptance.

The last-minute maneuver also pushed back, yet again, county commissioners’ attempt to vote on 751 South, an event that has been scheduled and rescheduled since last spring.

On July 26, when commissioners were on the verge of voting, Durham County Attorney Lowell Siler asked them for more time to consider whether the N.C. DOT’s revocation, which was written by lawyers at the attorney general’s office and filed in court, is legally binding.

Siler’s decision is expected Aug. 9, when commissioners meet at 7 p.m. to vote on whether to allow 751 South to go forward—a move that could put the issue to rest, at least for the time being.

Jumping Jesus on a pogo stick, Lowell. You said you needed 48 hours last Monday to make a determination as to whether NCDOT's revocation of the easement passed muster. Indiana Jones found the Ark of the Covenant in less time than it's taken you to try to find a hole in NCDOT's revocation. I mean, what the fuck else could you possibly be looking for, since the attorneys at NCDOT and the state AG's office have vetted this document as valid? Are you sure you're being objective here, or is your office actually being used to try to sway the outcome of these hearings?

If you do find a way to declare that NCDOT's actions don't count, and as a result the opponents' protest petition is invalid, and the rezoning application has enough support on the County Commission to pass, you do realize that your name will be forever linked with shady and dishonest dealings in Durham County lore, right?

But i suppose that, like former County Commissioner Lewis Cheek, there's probably an office with your naming waiting over at K&L Gates.

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  • JJ on a pogo stick indeed. And now the developers are threatening to sue the state for revoking its "gift." Gotta love it. Or hate it. Just waiting for the next BOCC elections, you know. . . .

    By Blogger Kelly, at 9:29 PM  

  • Yeah, just reading about that.

    Here's the deal - if the revocation is unlawful, then Lowell Siler will certainly have found the legal pretext to say so. That means the county will invalidate the protest petition, and the rezoning will be approved, and there's no need for a lawsuit.

    If Siler can't find a reason to invalidate the petition, then what the fuck is Byker going on about? The AG and NCDOTs attorneys believe the revocation is legal. Siler's been looking for 9 days to find a way to invalidate it with no success. If Byker knows something that would make the revocation "unlawful" then you'd think he'd pass that on to Siler and not have to worry about a lawsuit to get his way.

    He's blowing smoke, and everybody who's paying attention knows it.

    Between this and his pathetic performance with the PACs in the billboard case, he's gonna have a hard time convincing new clients that he's the go to guy in Durham.

    By Blogger Barry, at 9:40 PM  

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