Congratulations to the Town Council and everyone from the community who testified at the RMUD hearing on Dec. 1. Mark Sideris ran an excellent hearing (as he always does) that gave full opportunity for all views to be heard, and many important points were brought up.
Every Council member spoke thoughtfully about their reasons for favoring and/or questioning the proposed ordinance. The concerns about process I and others raised because of the timing of the hearing were allayed. Additional formal hearings are necessary, but it seems to be baked into the formal hearing format that while Councilors and DCDP staff talk with each other, Councilors and the public can only talk at each other.
A big challenge ahead is to find an efficient way to follow through on suggestions by Counselors Polumba and Dushku for meaningful, constructive dialogue, with public participation, about specifics. Together, we may all be able to better understand the RMUD proposal and how it can be improved.