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Monday, November 22, 2004

Bob Landreth at the last Guilford County Commissioners' meeting:

"Whatever you say, Mr. Yow. I have two meetings left."

The N&R story touched on the confusion that reigned as the commission debated the billboard ordinance. But you had to see it.

It was real simple: Either pass the ordinance as written (which, in my opinion, was the best compromise that could be put forth), amend the ordinance (which could have gotten complicated) or vote it down.

Two commissioners I normally agree with are the guys who screwed things up: Yow and Steve Arnold. They insisted on bringing the ordinance to a vote on a negative motion. In other words, they made motions to turn down the ordinance, will all they had to do was vote against it as written. Real simple. But what should have taken an hour (including the public hearing) took seemingly forever and required Landreth calling a recess to regain control of the meeting.

It never fails to amaze me how our county commissioners can confuse an issue.


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