Commissioners table PSJRA vote

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 09:47 AM.

Those words, and several other like-minded statements from those in the packed meeting room, were met with sustained and loud applause.

But Patterson and McCroan were not swayed from what they said their constituents believed to be the right thing to do and that was to become the PSJRA board.

No commissioner provided specifics on how things should be changed or how the move would improve the board, but both said the constituents they spoke to thought dissolving the board “the right thing to do,” Patterson said.

“Nothing against the board or members, they have done a good job,” Patterson said. “A lot of voters said that they are proud of what I did. They think I am doing the right thing.

“A lot of you don’t vote in the city, but you want to tell us how to run the city,” a statement that was met with sounds of protest from the audience.

McCroan said he also had received “call after call” supporting his vote and said many people did not feel a part of the PSJRA, Commission or the process.

PSJRA executive director Gail Alsobrook said she sensed several issues were at work – commissioners want more involvement and influence on the PSJRA and a perception of poor communications between the agency and commissioners.

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