Kudos to the town of Bluffton for the striping and signage plan for Calhoun Street, which was introduced at a Sept. 25 Planning Commission workshop.
Town engineers James Ayers and Karen Jarrett walked the neighborhood, spoke extensively with residents and formulated a plan that proposed to provide striping and signs to reflect the applicable laws dealing with parking in Old Town. The workshop ostensibly was to receive comment on the plan.
Residents, in the main, spoke with gratitude and approval. Most were concerned with the safety issues highlighted by the haphazard parking and driving practices seemingly drawing little if any police attention.
Proponents and their representatives of "economic development" were uniformly against the plan. Interestingly, "economic development" in the historic district of Bluffton is also known as the "bar business" to those late-comers to our pleasant little town who hope to snatch a couple of golden eggs before their irresponsible actions produce the easily predictable outcome.
The meeting was made necessary by one particular "economic developer," who happened to be the chairman of the Planning Commission. While officially recusing himself, he did manage to control the meeting from the audience, while his commission members strove manfully to support his "concerns" even as they were overwhelmed by staff and fire commission input. Their efforts did, however, provide comic relief to an otherwise dispiriting and infuriatingly typical meeting.