Posts Tagged ‘Mike Landa’
December 4, 2013 by wcobserver
The Observation Post, -just another blog- By Steve Winkler [If you’re looking for an unbiased, objective account of the last West Fork Planning Commission meeting, look somewhere else. This account is subjective and biased. I went to the meeting, here is what I saw. Here is what I felt about what I saw.] I did it. Well, “heckled” might be an exaggeration. Actually I spoke from my seat without going up to the podium, something that’s not so unusual at government meetings in West Fork. But if intent matters, yes, it was heckling. It happened about thirty minutes into the second hour of the most discombobulated, surreal commission meeting I have attended in my four years of reporting on West Fork government meetings.Read More...
October 18, 2013 by wcobserver
The Observation Post by Steve Winkler- Okay girls, time to take notes. The West Fork Planning Commission needs a few new members. If you’re a female applicant it might help your chances to serve your town if you have secretary skills to offer.Read More...
March 26, 2012 by Steve Winkler
A showdown was averted over Mayor Hime’s veto of last month’s council vote that reversed the planning commission’s denial to establish a commercial zone in a residential neighborhood. A motion by Alderman Rodney Drymon to override the mayor’s veto and grant the rezoning request failed to get a second. Game over. Mike Landa who serves as Planning Commission Chair sought and was denied approval by the commission for his property on McKnight Ave to be rezoned to commercial. He appealed that decision to the City Council who at the February meeting reversed the Commission and granted his request. The mayor vetoed the council’s decision citing a need to take a closer look at possible legal ques- tions. The council listened to Darrell Giddy, Landa’s attorney, argue that the mayor had a conflict of interest because Hime is the subject of a law suit by Landa. Alderman Charlie Rossetti asked City At- torney Tom Kieklak if there was a conflict of interest. Kieklak said he saw “no legal conflict at all.” He also advised the council that they should “be careful about going outside the [regional] plan.” Giddy reminded the council that last month they had deliberated over an hour. He …Read More...
February 20, 2012 by Steve Winkler
The West Fork rezoning saga isn’t over. Mayor Frances Hime filed a letter today with City Clerk, Kristie Drymon notifying her of the mayor’s veto of the city council’s “decision in favor of Mr. Michael Landa’s Appeal of the West Fork Planning Commission’s denial of his application for rezoning of 997 McKnight from residential to commercial. In her letter Mayor Hime said she has placed Mr. Landa’s appeal on the March Council Agenda “where a discussion of any legal basis for the Council’s decision may have been contrary to the public interest.” Mayor Hime was not in attendance, recusing herself from the appeal because of her litigation with Landa. Charlie Rossetti, who served as mayor pro tem during the meeting, is currently engaged in a real estate deal with Landa. The appeal passed 6-0. Councilman John Foster was not in attendance. Read the Observer’s previous coverage of the rezoning issue here and here.Read More...
February 15, 2012 by wcobserver
WEST FORK — Long-time residential and agricultural zones in West Fork are now open to spot commercial zoning thanks to a unanimous, but spiritedly debated, decision from the city council on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The issue is the result of anl appeal made by Mike Landa, whose request to rezone his residential property to commercial was denied by the West Fork Planning Commission during its January meeting. “Why do I want to rezone?” asked Landa rhetorically, during his lengthy and animated presentation. “Because it’s my right.” Landa, near the conclusion of council’s discussion, said the “big thing is, I want a bigger deduction, too, on my taxes.” There were other reasons Landa, who is chairman of the planning commission, appealed the commission’s decision. Those reaons were presented by his Bentonville lawyer, Darrell Gibby. Gibby said the planning commission process was “tainted” because of the votes from married commissioners Bob Staats and Robyn Wilson. Gibby called it “undo influence” and reported that Mayor Frances Hime, a neighbor of Landa’s, contacted members of the planning commission to “influence the decision.” None of this speculative evidence was corroborated by counsel at the meeting, although Hime and Landa are currently in litigation over a …Read More...