The Lancaster County Board of Supervisors met in regular session April 24, 2014, and allowed time for public input on issues not on their agenda. Six representatives of the Dymer Creek Environmental Preservation Association gave five-minute talks, and other residents stood to voice concerns both on the boat ramp issue and the county schools’ budget.
The speakers represented a variety of standards and styles – relaxed, concise, emotional, factual. A speaker was interrupted at one point by the land donor, contesting the assertion that he was not a county resident. Former Supervisor Cundiff Simmons gave an earnest but sharp contrast between the methods used in developing the boat ramp project and his principled view of the role of government.
Mrs. Kathy Davidson announced that the residents who signed the petition opposing the boat ramp has topped 1,500, and she promised to continue collecting signatures.
No action was taken by the Board on the Simmons Cove boat ramp. The grant application to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) must be acted upon by the board before the DGIF’s May 15 deadline, but the Board was silent on the matter.
The short audio recordings of the DCEPA speakers are below. They are:
Don Davidson: introducing the group’s purpose, and underscoring the drawbacks to the plans for a Simmons Cove public access boat ramp.
Stuart Painter: categorizing four objections to the proposed Simmons Cove site (interrupted).
Kathy Davidson: announcing 1,522 signatures on the petition opposing the ramp site.
Mickey Kendrick: detailing the weaknesses in the County’s plan that are driving up the costs for construction and maintenance of a ramp at Simmons Cove.
Cundiff Simmons: offering his view of the role of government, and apologizing to the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for his reaction to the boat ramp announcement.
Carl Smith: urging the Board to accept that better alternatives need to be found and offering his assistance.