>The following is by Bridget Newton:
The meeting tonite is a meeting of the WECA Committee on Beall’s Grant II which includes representatives of MHP. It is not a Mayor and Council Meeting as is stated on their website (Meeting 3 – 09 February 5, 2009) nor is it a discussion between the Mayor and Council, WECA and MHP as was earlier announced on the city website.
To give an update on the status for tonite’s meeting, Councilmembers Robbins, Marcuccio and Britton have declined to attend. As there will no longer be a quorum, this meeting does not fall under the Maryland Public Meetings Act. Councilmember Britton has requested that the announcement of the meeting be removed from the city’s website as an official Mayor and Council meeting.
Tho our meetings are not “closed” meetings, we are a working committee and our charter is to “work with MHP to come up with a plan that is an asset to both the West End and MHP.” To date, we have made significant progress in defining our goals and principles for this important project. We have presented these principles to MHP and are looking forward to their response.
Unfortunately, the information recently published on Rockville Central misrepresents the process that we have tried to implement in the wake of earlier mishandling. By including verbiage from a Draft Agenda that Cheryl Kagen created and sent to the committee chairs, Dennis Cain and myself, Rockville Central is playing an unwitting role in the continuing drama in this already delicate situation. As Committee Chair, Dennis has responsibility for setting our agenda as he does each week. Tonite’s agenda does not include “community feedback” or a “mini-charette”. MHP is presenting their revised proposal to the Committee tonite. It would be premature and counterproductive to seek community feedback before the committee has had an opportunity to evaluate their proposal and how well it reflects the committee principles.
We had hoped to give an update on our progress at the January WECA meeting but that meeting was canceled. We look forward to giving the update in February and hope to be able to present the Committee’s recommendation to the WECA membership at a future General Membership meeting.
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