University Park Mayor Dick Davis runs efficient, no-nonsense meetings. His goal seems to be making sure everyone is home in time for dinner, and I appreciate that, as I did get home on Tuesday night in time to eat with my family.
The big item on Tuesday’s agenda was the shaded concrete pad at University Park Elementary. Davis began the public hearing by asking supporters to raise their hands, then asking the same thing of opponents.
When principal Lynda Carter, after addressing the council for four minutes, asked for a similar visual demonstration, Davis would have none of it.
Carter: “I’d like to just ask the people who are here in favor of this just to stand. [turns to audience] There are children —”
Davis: “Dr. Carter, we’ve already had an opportunity to see those people that are in favor and those opposed. Please go ahead. Have you a further statement for us?”
In other words, get ’er done.