Editor: I was appalled at the Dec. 17 Belleair Town Commission meeting when a contingency of residents, strangers to town meetings, stood up and berated the commissioners for approving a roundabout on Indian Rocks Road without “informing us.” They used phrases like “how in the world did this happen?” “We are due a public meeting!” “I feel like I’m dancing after the music has stopped.” “We were not informed!” “I never read the ‘Belleair Bee!’”
A former neighbor once chided me for failure to read the New York Times, which she proclaimed the only newspaper worth reading. Yet this woman was clueless about events in her own backyard. Why would folks not care to read about what’s happening in their neighborhood? At least four public hearings were held on the roundabout issue. The town website noticed the meetings and the “Belleair Bee” published several articles during the process.
Being a regular attendee at meetings, I can unequivocally say that our commission operates in the sunshine and in a most professional manner. To accuse them of collusion without having all the facts is arrogance at its finest. Town Hall is open and always willing to help residents, dispense information and answer questions. Mayor Katica is in his office Thursday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. to talk with residents. If you choose to bury your head in the sand then come out of the woodwork when you’re made aware of an issue after the fact, shame on you!
One resident suggested folks from out of town would not know how to use the roundabout. From all indications, he should have included the uninformed residents.
If your schedules don’t allow for attendance at town meetings, there’s always the website: www.townofbelleair.com, which posts all meeting agendas. There you will find out if any items on the agenda affect you and then become an informed resident.
There must be a happy medium somewhere between being totally informed and blissfully unaware.