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To mauiman: Even though the PH tax rate for the next fiscal year (10-11) remains the same (28 cents) it should be viewed as actually an increase of 3 cents due to the fact that the rate was scheduled to go down to 25 cents as a result of the PW taking. Unfortunately, village management and the down economy has eaten up the $1M+ gained from PW which is why the tax rate remained the same. As for the Mayors trip, the total cost to the taxpayers probably won't be known for another month or so until the mayor submits her trip voucher at which time I'll report the cost.
Wrt questions on the trip, looks like the Village of Pinehurst is paying for the Mayors airplane ticket (est. @ $2500 to $4500, depending on class) but not that of her son. The real question to ask is why did the Mayor and Village Council feel the need to put a veil of secrecy on the trip and not discuss it beforehand or the agreement the mayor signed on behalf of the residents of Pinehurst???
Wrt the comment in the next to last paragraph "please charge us for it" anyone attending the PH Council meetings, which the article author does not, knows full well that such an offer was never formally transmitted to the commissioners hence there was nothing to answer. It's further laughable to suggest the formation of a w/s authority given that the communities in Moore County can't seem to have a civil conversation with the commissioners on a topic they now suggest that the commissioners donate a multi-million dollar asset to.
By your response, it's apparent that you don't care how or what Pinehurst becomes in the future. This is your right which I respect, however, on the other hand, you should respect my right to voice an opinion that B&B's located anywhere in the Historic District are not in keeping with the history of Pinehurst. As a "new arrival" - eight years ago, this is a change I'm against. I look forward to you attending council meetings on the matter and voicing your opinion just as I do.
Having read through the areas history and other triva in the above causes me to believe that very little has actually been said about the topic of the article. As such, the real issue at hand with the proposed request is not the change in use for the the individual property but rather the entire historic district. The question for the council to answer is "Do we want B&B's on Midland Road near the circle or maybe on Linden Road?" both of which would be possible if the usage were changed.
Lets think about this for a minute. Up until her attorney advised her otherwise, Mayor Bell was apparently OK with having an illegal meeting with all the commissioners. Now that she has been caught, she is willing to get around the legal reqirements by having a 2 on 2 meeting with two commissioners. A question for her - what are you afraid of saying in public that you're willing to say in private? Remember, it's from the rates all Moore County Utility customers pay that you're asking be used to finance what you thus far won't publicly talk about.
The guidelines are long overdue!
Let's clear up a couple of misconceptions before going down the road of mis-information any further.
First, the footprint absolutely would change for one specific reason. Mr. Doninger would eliminate the attached rear garage from the units in question. The garage must be eliminated to provide access to the basement level of the units for the indoor parking Mr. Doninger now cites as a feature.
Second, while requesting the change, Mr. Doninger suggested that construction would actually start at another location on the site having nothing to do with the requested density change.
This suggests that the true reason for the requested change is nothing more than to get around the plans filed for units #1 -#6, which were estimated to cost $1.5M, and build a unit comparable to units #7 - #20 which are estimated at $650K.
Bottom line is that the development was seen by many as a losing venture from the beginning and now Mr. Doninger is asking the village council to quite literally ignore black and white PDO language and bail him out.
The "Tradition of Old Town" townhouse development was a mistake from the very beginning and now the developer wants to make a bad situation worse. Further, his request, if approved, would establish a precedent that all builders would jump on regardless of zoning. Net result being further village litigation costs. Most folks know that the economic tsunami the developer frequently cites is actually nothing but - Poor Planning. Now is not the time for the village council to start bailing out the mistakes of others.
The "Tradition of Old Town" townhouse development was a mistake from the very beginning and now the developer wants to make a bad situation worse by adding more unwanted units. Further, his request, if approved, would establish establish a valid precedent for all builders in spite of any zoning requirements. Most folks know the economic tsunami the developer frequently cites by another name - Poor Planning. Now is not the time for the village council to start bailing out the mistakes of others.
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