Civility tested as BOCC debates signs, jail

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 09:48 AM.

Commissioner Carmen McLemore asserted Bryan “misled” commissioners on ownership of the sign – Williams lobbed the same charge; both times Bryan answered, “I am not going to let that lay; I did not mislead anybody” – and suggested the board reverse itself and provide Williams a 70-day window to bring the sign into compliance.

“Am I to understand the board now wants to keep the sign?” Bryan said. “A dangerous precedent is being set here.”

Williams also provided a letter from Sacred Heart Bay Medical Center – Bryan questioned the representation from Williams in securing the letter – indicating the sign reverted to Williams upon the termination of the lease agreement with Bay Medical.

Jeremy Novak said the land use agreement with the county had expired, raising issues of legality over compliance, and McLemore moved to extend the agreement.

Commissioners approved that motion – and the 70-day window to bring the sign in compliance – 4-1, Bryan dissenting.

They did so after hearing from one neighbor.

“The sign is an eyesore, it is blight,” said Sharon Winchester. “It has degraded over time. Commissioner McLemore, it’s not in your neighborhood ... Commissioner Bryan is trying to do her best for District 3.

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