Beginning this week and continuing for the next month I’ll be heading off to various training, certifications, and seminars including CDBG, Affordable Housing, and KY APA. I’ll be doing my best to catalog things I learn, insights and anecdotes, as well as resources here.

Because of that oncoming train-pocalypse, I have not made time like I should to draft a proper post for this week.

Instead I’ll leave you with a short story about a city council meeting I attended last night:

After having just finished my presentation on tax rate calculations, several ordinances are given their first reading. Among them was an ordinance about nuisance and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs and Dirt Bikes).

Upon the reading of said ordinance, a couple stands up at the back of the room and starts throwing accusations that this ordinance was crafted specifically to target them. They suggested that city council could perhaps control the train whistle and dust that trains kick up, likening the power to stop dust and noise to godly power.

A heated exchange followed where shouting, finger pointing, and emotions ran high. At one point the couple decided that it was a sad day when people could not do what what they wanted on their own property. Finally the couple stormed out of the chambers while the city council proceeded to pass the ordinance.

A few moments later, a car begins driving by city hall blaring its horn every few minutes. As I walked out of the building at the conclusion of the meeting I saw that it was that same couple.

Whether the ordinance was right or wrong, I found the meeting entertaining.

Categories: Public Administration

David Spatholt

I work for Hamilton County's Community Development Division as the Program Development Specialist. My blog (www.spatholt.com) is a site where I catalog my professional thoughts and personal hobbies. All of my opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my employer. I often blog about urban planning, politics, public administration, brewing beer, running and technology.

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