Thursday morning recap

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Well, with Mary Alice Murphy gone from the office this week I’ve been swamped, and I’m still 3-4 stories behind where I wanted to be at this time. So, sorry for the lack of posting. This is a quick catch-me-up for those items I mentioned on Monday morning, with some thoughts on what went down.

Tuesday night saw another interesting meeting of the Silver City Town Council, in that some of the council used a parliamentary tactic to resolve the issue of declaring 18 lots of land “non-essential.” Councilor Steve May was so upset he up and walked out.

For those of you who don’t know the full story, check the Daily Press site.

So, some thoughts: everybody in favor of a moratorium on selling land spoke during the “Public Input” section the meeting (which is at the beginning) while the man who wanted to purchase land had to wait until the end. I have a problem with that decision, simply because discussion is built into the vote for agenda items. I actually spoke with Mayor James Marshall about the this prior to the meeting. He went ahead anyway, I think, because he wants to balance hearing from residents with moving meetings forward.

The moratorium is a good idea, and I’m glad Marshall put it forward. The sale of the 18 lots was a bad one, in my opinion, because the town identified a use for them 2-3 years ago. If the town hasn’t implemented those plans, I say it’s the council’s fault for not providing adequate direction to staff.

Also on Tuesday, the Grant County Incentive Review Committee voted unanimously to recommend approval of incentives to Trans-Lux Southwest, which plans to build a 7-screen multiplex in town. This was a deal almost two years in the making, and Trans-Lux lowered the request from an 8-year relief of property taxes to a 3-year discount of the same. Read today’s Daily Press for more info.

Last night the Democratic Party of Grant County sponsored the first of several candidate forums for local candidates. With the primary campaign less than a month away, it was the public’s first chance to see the candidates in action. There were relatively few surprises: most of the county commission candidates refused to give a “yes” or “no” answer on a five-member commission. We’ll have another forum next week, and, though nobody was able to cover the event in the Press (I couldn’t, since I was a moderator) we’ll be sure to provide coverage of the next one.

The editorial board at the Daily Press has been considering candidate endorsements — we’ll likely announce those at the end of next week.

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