This Is What Mayor Steve MacDougall Did NOT Want You To Hear

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.”)

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Hotel Guest Parking ONLY

Last week, Lake and Main published an article titled A Hotel, The Town and The Masons.  It’s about the purchase of a currently vacant lot in the heart of the town by Lexington Hospitality with the intention of building a 90-100 room, Marriott-branded hotel.  The property is not large enough for both the hotel and the necessary parking to service it.  A Hotel, The Town and The Masons relates how the Town of Lexington, under the direction of Mayor Steve MacDougall, is attempting to acquire property across W. Butler Street from the land on which a hotel is being built.  That property belongs to Lexington Masonic Lodge #152 and includes their two-story lodge building.  To obtain that property, the Town of Lexington has considered “condemning” it by evoking eminent domain and build either a parking lot or garage. Continue reading “Hotel Guest Parking ONLY”

A Hotel, The Town and The Masons

In May of this year, it was announced that a vacant lot – and prime piece of real estate – in the middle of downtown Lexington had been purchased by the Lexington Hospitality Group.  The intention is to build a hotel, believed to be a Springhill Suites by Marriott, on that Main Street location. 
*See POSTSCRIPT at the end of the article 

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