The Market and meddling

I’m happy to have the Farmer’s Curb Market dust up settled, for now.  Yesterday, the P&R Commission voted unanimously to adopt guidelines that will keep the Market on Yanceyville Street on a “local” coarse.

One speaker at the meeting, rising in opposition, declared that the guidelines would “destroy the Market”.  I doubt it.  Seriously doubt it.

At this point, the thing that could undermine the Market would be undue meddling on the part of our City Council as was engaged in during the months leading up to the Commission’s deliberations and decisions.  Some members of Council were contacted by those who didn’t much care for decisions that were made by Market management.

Nothing wrong with that.  Elected officials should hear from their constituents when issues arise.  But they shouldn’t start throwing their weight around at the drop of a complaint or two.

After they are heard, members of Council should alert and defer to their appointed citizens’ boards to work out resolutions to complaints… namely, in this case, the P&R Commission… before jumping in and stirring the pot to the point of boiling.

We are pretty smart people and that’s probably why you appointed us.  So, in the future – and this applies to all City boards and commissions – let us do the job you asked us to do before weighing in too deeply.  Then, after our due deliberations, you decide you don’t like what we’ve done or why we’ve done it… then, by all means, jump right in and make your case.

But it better be a compelling case if you seek to over-ride our decisions.  Otherwise you won’t be able to recruit very many smart people in the future to handle your dirty work.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted October 9, 2008 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    David said, “Otherwise you won’t be able to recruit very many smart people in the future to handle your dirty work.”

    Perhaps that’s exactly what local leaders would like to do.

  2. mick
    Posted October 10, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    For what it’s worth I think the decision to clearly define “local” is on the money. I can go to yard sales, craft fairs or Sandy Ridge on any Saturday

  3. dhoggard
    Posted October 10, 2008 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    It’s worth alot, Mick. Thanks

  4. BRIAN GANN
    Posted October 10, 2008 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    AFTER READDING THE ABOVE I SEE THAT I PUT MY FAITH IN DOING THE RIGHT THING TO CLEAN UP THE MESS AT THE MARKET IN THE WRONG PERSON

    A “SMART PERSON” LEARNS TO LISTEN TO BOTH SIDES THEN MAKE A INFORMED DECISON. IT DID NOT HAPPEN THIS TIME.

    DAVID THANKS FOR SELLING THIS FARMER DOWN THE RIVER

    COME SEE US IN THE WINTER MAYBE THEN ALL THOSE “SMART PEOPLE” WILL CHANGE THE NAME TO THE GREENSBORO FLEA MARKET BECAUSE THATS WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE

  5. Posted October 11, 2008 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Brian,

    I did exactly what you say a “smart person” should do. I listened intently to both sides then made my decision based on the information received.

    There is no way that such decisions are going to please everyone, and in this instance, my judgment – along with judgment of the entire Commission – didn’t please several people – obviously, including you.

    On your particular issue: I have been assured that if you will provide the information requested by staff, and if the ‘Wisconsin aging’ thing can be confirmed, then selling it at the Market shouldn’t be a problem.

    See… I was listening… and inquiring… and trying to make sure things are done correctly.