College Station council member changed her tune on BMW dealership
Linda Harvell is at it again. This time she's praising a project that she voted against on council. She posted on Facebook that the new BMW dealership was a great asset to our city and "a great use of land on the Texas 6 frontage road."
An informed resident posted the minutes from the Dec. 8, 2016, council meeting in which Harvell voted against rezoning the site. Harvell's defensive response illustrates a lack of disclosure and lack of understanding of the role of council.
In her Facebook post, Harvell wrote, "The developer did a good job with the land use. Had the dealerships been like the 'autoplexes' that you see in Houston and other cities, that would have been a whole different story."
She fails to mention this was discussed extensively at the meeting. The applicants said the development would be luxury-oriented and small in scale. Harvell herself described the dealerships as "boutique" and "awesome" but voted against them.
As a public servant, Harvell has a responsibility to be transparent and truthful with her public statements. Her post is, at best, revisionist history and, at worst, "fake news."
Moreover, Harvell said it was different to see a project proposed versus the finished product, but this is what councils do all the time. One wonders how many other votes she might have cast differently if she could see the finished project rather than straining her imagination to envision it? How much tax revenue has the city lost because she couldn't accurately envision a project?
Her comments further show her decisions could be "arbitrary and capricious" -- a legal standard that could land the city in an expensive lawsuit. This is what happens when you only can sing the refrain of "neighborhood integrity" without any vision for the future.
Handicapped people, kids shouldn't have to be in the streets
Once again, I notice a person in a wheelchair headed north on South College Avenue. She was in the street due to no sidewalks on either side of the road.
The city wants to spend $40 million of our tax money for a silly super park. We have other parks that need a little attention that could become super parks with less money. Sidewalks are far more important than a super park.
I took a picture of the person in the wheelchair and sent them to the mayor and city council members along with a letter attached. I received one response from a council member. No one else has taken the time to contact me about this problem.
Let's focus on keeping handicapped people and kids off the streets and onto sidewalks.