POLL: Give Citizens A Voice

As was seen at the Lexington Town Council meeting on November 5th, Mayor Steve MacDougall is not a fan of opinions other than those over which he has control or with which he agrees.  That needs to be changed.

Recounted here, Mayor MacDougall refused to allow Ms. Elizabeth Rauch to address the council about an issue regarding the Town’s attempt to acquire family property via eminent domain (yeah, THAT again).  Hiding behind technical language in the Town’s rules for meetings, the Mayor closed the meting saying Ms. Rauch was not on the agenda and, thus, she could not speak.  He, and only he, had the authority to give Ms. Rauch –  and/or anyone else – the floor.  Rather, the Mayor acted as though the agenda controlled HIM, instead of the other way around.

Screenshot_2018-11-09-21-15-36-1-1Who determines the agenda? – Steve MacDougall

Who can alter the agenda? – Steve MacDougall

Who could have allowed Ms. Rauch to speak? – Steve MacDougall

Who bailed out a side door after the meeting though he told Ms. Rauch he would listen to her comments? – Steve MacDougall

Any and every citizen should be allowed (Allowed? Whose government IS this?) to speak at public council meetings.  It matters not how much time it would take, what issue might be brought up (or how uncomfortable it may be for some), or what pre-determined, “safe,” non-controversial items MacDougall wants to discuss.

Lake and Main will do what your Mayor will not; give you a voice.

LM3.35

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2 thoughts on “POLL: Give Citizens A Voice

  1. The people are the ones who vote and have their rights to voice their opinions. The confiscation of property is illegal unless there’s a foreclosure upon such property. You (town) are allowed to offer financial payments for such properties three times. If any or all of those payments are dismissed by the property owners,you cannot override them and “steal” such properties! If such properties are then foreclosed on,everyone else can bid on such properties through a auction.

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    1. Governments can “condemn” property as a means to acquire it via eminent domain. The government negotiates with the owner for a price, though it will usually offer something close to assessed, rather than market value. If an agreement can’t be reached, the issue usually goes to court.

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