ACTC would normally meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month, which in November would have been the 21st of November. For some reason, the November meeting is now scheduled for Wednesday the 27th at 9:00 am. The timing for many of us could not be worse, as so many members of the public will be traveling for Thanksgiving and will not be able to attend and provide input to the ACTC. Anyone who is able to attend should do so and express any concerns they have with a reconsideration vote.
The Amador Business Council in its letter stated it would attend the meeting and present its views. It is not possible for the public to hear what will be said and provide their views unless they are able to attend the meeting, which many will not be able to do. So ACTC members will hear one political viewpoint.
The Amador Business Council to my knowledge has not had prior input into the project which has been worked on by ACTC, CalTrans and the public for several years. They have not provided any hard facts or information that would lead to a reconsideration of this project. If the Amador Business Council has legitimate concerns why has it not come forward and made them known earlier in the process? Are a few people trying to undo the efforts made in a public process over several years?
As timing does not appear to be important to the Amador Business Council I suggest that they be allowed to make their presentation at the November meeting, but that any vote on reconsideration of the October approval be put off until after Thanksgiving. This will allow the ACTC and the public to consider the Amador Business Council’s facts and viewpoints and be able to address this unexpected development in a reasoned and knowledgeable manner.