I went to the buses before I drove to Langston. An OSU “official” told me at the transportation center, that OSU had a bus in the Christmas parade last night and it was “booed”. The individual felt it was an indication of the hostility currently present in Stillwater against OSU.
We did not have a full bus load to go to the meeting. Several did, however, take their own cars. They had planned for a much larger crowd than actually came. The meeting was moved from Scholar’s Inn Clubhouse to the gym to handle the discussion of the Master Plan segment of the meeting. One hour was allowed for comments. Actually, they let us go over that time by 15 minutes or so.
Many good comments were presented. Bud Lacy, city mayor, did give a good list of concerns, as he was the first to comment. Each individual who spoke was given 3 minutes to voice their concerns.
The faculty and students made an excellent presentation, as well as several others. Most all the comments were directed at requesting stopping the acquistion; or to holding off on the expansion plan in order to allow further input from the city, concerned citizens, faculty, students, homeowners, etc.
Most of the presentations were directed toward concerns presented at our many meetings, postings on this website, letters to editors and other articles. Therefore, I feel no need to reiterate them here.
A woman from Tulsa stated her support for the Village, as presented in the Master Plan. The president (or Veep…not sure about this) of Stillwater National Bank in Stillwater, spoke in favor of the Plan as it has been presented.
I felt the regents listened to the discussion quite attentively and many seemed to note points made. Did we accomplish our “goal”? I have no idea. There is still work to be done……IF you want to accomplish stopping or holding off on the Plan until it can be further discussed.
Ray Wall will help with organization of a plan to continue, if that is the desire of concerned citizens of Stillwater and of property owners in the area. We should be able to judge the intensity of desire by attendance at another meeting. If the turn out today was an indication, it may have appeared that the number concerned is minimal.
We are all very tired of meetings! We are especially tired of meetings in which we feel we do not get answers, only more questions. I know that several have lost much sleep working toward the goal and/or worrying about the affects of the Plan on our City and on our lives. Are we beaten? Are we willing to keep up the fight? Only you have the answer to that. What is the consenses? It’s up to YOU!