"So with this planning you're talking about... are we doing to be like Mooresville or Huntersville?"
Wayne Howard Reporter
The second information session about the proposal to incorporate the village of Denver was held Wednesday evening at the East Lincoln Community Center. In many ways, it was a lot like the first meeting on July 31st.
Most of those who asked questions left no doubt that they had reservations about the idea. Some offered comments against it. At times, it got ugly.
To be sure questions could be heard, a microphone was made available for those asking them, but there were still some who shouted their opinions from elsewhere in the room.
During the presentation that preceded the question and answer session, one woman blurted out a question, only to be told to wait for the Q & A period. She and her husband then got up and walked out. They were joined periodically by others who walked out on the meeting. What had begun as a full house ended up with about half the original audience. At times, the meeting got completely out of control.
There were plenty of objections to the proposal--even with the proposed name of the municipality. One long-time resident said he didn't want to live in the 'village' of Denver. County Commissioner Martin Oakes, one of the committee of five pushing the plan, said the state required choosing to call the municipality a village, a town or a city, "we chose village."
Among those whose comments expressed a dislike for the plan were County Commissioner Rich Permenter and former County Commissioner Tom Anderson. Anderson said, "you've got your petition to incorporate; I've got one against it!"
A third meeting is planned for next Thursday (August 23rd) at St. Peter-by-the-Lake Episcopal Church. Unlike the first two, that event will be at 10 in the morning.
Some may disagree, but our reading of the crowd at the first two meetings indicates more people against the idea than for it. So far, unlike Nic Haag, one of the committee who said he was at first against incorporation but later decided that local control was important enough to change his mind, most of those attending the meetings aren't convinced that incorporation (at least this plan for it) is a good idea.
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