I haven't been able to sit and write much the past few days. I have been heap big busy (hey, I have used that expression since before I ever heard of Rush Limbaugh). I did manage to make it to the town council meeting last night.
I offer you my thanks, Mayor Hester, Coucilman Jeff Weaver, and Councilman Gary Jackson for doing the right thing and putting this issue of a railroad quiet zone in Selma to rest for a while, at least. For Debbie Johnson and Jackie Lacy I can only offer bewilderment. Men tend to be more analytical, logical, and deliberate in their thought process. Women often are more emotion oriented. This should have been a unanimous vote, since it is pretty much a no-brainer.
The council should not consider prolonging this issue nor should they hear the case of someone who lives and operates a business outside the town's corporate limits and jurisdiction. It is also a common sense issue in that we should not consider closing streets to accommodate train horn noise, nor spending town money for such an issue during a time of financial hardship for the town.
The council's time has been wasted on several occasions. The argument from the dissenting voting women was that it does not cost anything to hear about the issue and everyone who has an opinion should be heard on the matter. The man who pushed the issue (and the ONLY one I have heard of who to wom this is an issue) did not even show up for his own public hearing. It does cost the town on several fronts. First is the time of the council, the Town Clerk, Town Attorney, the concerned citizens who actually took the time to go to a town meeting, as well as the resources for the extra paper and electricity to record this issue's proponents. Ending the issue last night was only fair and proper business. Common sense prevailed by a 3 to 2 margin.
Here is a blurb from "The Selma News":
Council rejects train quiet zones
Proponent of zones absent from town's public hearing
Selma Town Council, in a 3-2 split vote, decided not to pursue creating “quiet zones” for trains in town even though the person pushing for creation of those zones was not present for the public hearing.
Several months ago Tony Tetterton, owner of RV campground outside of Selma, asked Council to look into creating zones where trains would not sound their horns or whistles during certain times of the night. Some of his campers had complained about the noise at night.