Various posts around th enet from the people who were in attendance at last night's Fort Wayne City Council meeting confirm what I witnessed from inside the meeting. Here's what they DIDN'T see:
The Harrison Square project:
Shortly before the meeting started, Mike Sylvester was asked if he got his questions answered (which have been many and very simply explained). His answer was "No." And that's all that was said about that.
Three rows on one side of the very small room (1/4th of the spaces) were reserved for the city officials and HardBall People and those in favor of the project. The first two rows on the other side were reserved for the Media. (1/4) of the spaces.
Council was given a stack of new details as the meeting started. Did they make it available to the public? Did they have time to read it??
And BECAUSE THERE WERE NO MICROPHONES it was very hard to hear the details and discussion concerning the deal they worked out.
BECAUSE THE PUBLIC WAS LOCKED OUT.. when it came time to oppose the Harrison Square Project, no one was in the room to disagree. No one asked outside if there was public comment on Harrison Square. I left shortly thereafter to go see where everyone was.