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Monday, November 16, 2009

Commissioners to meet on protest petition Thursday morning

Posted by on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Durham County Commissioner Becky Heron said today that commissioners are scheduled to meet with the planning department and county attorney at 10 a.m. Thursday to hear a report on the status of the Jordan Lake rezoning protest petition.

Heron said the board will discuss the issue in closed session. The Acting Clerk to the Board of Commssioners wasn't available this afternoon to confirm the meeting, but her assistant did confirm a meeting has been scheduled. Heron said commissioners communicated over the weekend to schedule it.

It's unclear whether the planning department or county attorney have anything new to add to a Nov. 5 announcement by County Attorney Lowell Siler that the petition was invalid. The Indy has several calls out to public officials, and will update accordingly.

UPDATE, 3:15 p.m. - County Manager Mike Ruffin received a memo late Friday from planning Director Steve Medlin regarding the Jordan Lake protest petition, Ruffin said, but Siler has advised the county that the memo isn't public because it contains confidential information protected by state law. It's unclear whether this is relative to a pending lawsuit against the county.

Ruffin also said the County Attorney has advised members of the planning department not to speak about the protest petition, and that he knows of no plans on the part of any county department to publicly outline the county's findings on the protest petition, but that county commissioners have the power to order the county to make the protest petition findings public after consulting with Siler on any legal ramifications.

Ruffin also said he couldn't confirm why commissioners are meeting Thursday, just that they're meeting in a closed session.

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