In a previous post, the hopelessness of traffic in Lexington was addressed. Another article gave an update on the Town’s Hospitality Tax and the projects it was designed to fund. But, what happens when the eight year deadline hits in 2023? Will the work be done? Will there be enough money? Too much? Continue reading “H Tax Future”
With all the disgust and discussion, angst and acrimony, fear and frustration over, about and because of Lexington’s traffic, there is one thing we do NOT have: hope. Continue reading “Traffic: Face It, We’re Screwed”
In September, 2015 the Lexington Town Council approved a 2% tax on prepared foods as a means to fund much needed traffic improvement projects. The “Hospitality Tax” went into effect on 1 October of that year and will terminate in September, 2023. Forty months later, what has happened? Continue reading “H Tax Update”
Lake and Main has spent many hours researching, writing and even defending reporting of the curious case of the Mayor of Lexington and his unnatural urge to provide free parking to a hotel in the middle of town. Many readers believed the pursuit of this story was merely campaign propaganda for MacDougall’s mayoral opponent – and my friend – Town Councilman Ron Williams. It was and is not.
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.
At the 5 November Lexington Town Council meeting, Mayor Steve MacDougall, strictly abiding by a agenda HE controlled, refused to allow a citizen to speak. Mrs. Elizabeth Monts Rauch, an icon in the Town and County of Lexington, wanted to address a conflict about the Town and it’s attempt to acquire family property via eminent domain. Mrs. Rauch gave Lake and Main her statement. It appears below.
(UPDATE: In a comment, Ms. Rauch states: “I was up before the gavel fell and was adjourned. I was told that I was on the agenda but that was false too. Citizens have always had the right to speak. Must be a new ruling against Roberts Rules if Order.”)
I was done writing about the election and the leadership of Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall, but, as Michael Corleone said, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” And besides, the Mayor just keeps on giving and giving…. Continue reading “MacDougall Refuses To Allow Citizens To Speak At Public Council Meetings”