A BILL TO BE ENTITLEDThe key difference from the first version is Section 2, the effective date. No study committee established, which is what Mr. Soucek led Boone officials to believe yesterday he was going to recommend, and then today in the committee meeting said he had changed his mind. Proving nothing so much as the old political adage:
AN ACT PROVIDING THAT THE TOWN OF BOONE SHALL NOT EXERCISE THE
POWERS OF EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTION.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Town of Boone shall
not exercise any powers of extraterritorial jurisdiction as provided in Article 19 of Chapter
160A of the General Statutes.
SECTION 2. This act becomes effective June 30, 2013.
You can't out-think a man who ain't thinking.
Putting off implementation a year does not get Boone's elected officials out of their dilemma. If ETJ is to end in June, 2013, then why would they now continue to siphon off their water supply to areas outside their municipal boundaries, especially when all that area is going to revert to no-zoning controls, no regs, no land-use planning?
And how does this satisfy the "I WANT IT NOW!" appetites of Jeff Templeton and his cohorts, who have put Soucek through this excruciating display of puppet-on-a-string floundering? Mr. Templeton was at the Capitol in Raleigh today, though he did not bother to come to the committee meeting. (When you're as powerful as Mr. Templeton, you don't need no stinkin' committee meetings!) Others, particularly residents of Boone's ETJ, did show up and were allowed to testify, but Mr. Templeton stayed out of sight for the most part. Is he pleased with this resulting bill? I wouldn't be if I were him.
Certainly, Nathan Miller's clients (note the sidebar in the right-hand column at the link), who are trying to reactivate a bankrupt cement plant despite multiple code violations, can't be particularly happy either to wait a year to see the burden of zoning regs lifted so they can do as they please.
It's clear that Sen. Soucek blinked. His year's delay solves nothing, settles nothing, and makes him look ... just confused.