Mecklenburg County Commission Chair, Trevor Fuller, rolled into Davidson last night, but instead of some excitement and hard questions around HOT Lanes from the packed house topics stayed focused around the pending sales tax increase and education. (At least that was the case for the first 45 minutes up until this blogger had to head home. If things took a different turn later, please let us know.)
That's not to say WidenI77.org supporters weren't there in force. They were. It's also not to say they didn't ask hard and informed questions. They did.
What was a bit unexpected was how Commissioner Fuller responded, or more accurately - preempted the questions. As Commissioner Fuller was giving his opening remarks he worked in that the counties have little to no responsibility for roads in North Carolina, and more specifically on the I77 HOT Lanes project he said that he "knows almost nothing about it." He even went as far as to say it would be improper for a County Commissioner to comment much on roads because they were the responsibility of other elected bodies.
A wily response from a wily politician.
I guess the Iredell County Board didn't get the memo though. Back in January 2013 when the debate over HOT Lanes really began to rage, they showed the courage to step into the fray rather than hide from it.
From DavidsonNews.net January 2013...
Widen I-77 finds an ally: Iredell board says no to HOT lanes