While I'm putting together my notes regarding property rights and the Meyer's Farm deal, I think it's important to point out just how bad the acoustics are in the town board meeting room, as evidenced during last night's board meeting.
Sometime during the public portion last night, it sounded as if one of the Meyer's Farm deal’s supporters said, “We just trashed the bathroom and will now order Chinese food!” The crowd roared in approval.
Knowing that no one would be crazy enough to order Chinese take-out for a couple hundred people, I decided to move away from the back wall and closer to the speaker’s podium.
The sound was still terrible but at least I didn’t have to worry about the toilet being clogged.
Here are a couple of suggestions that I’m sure someone on the town board will take credit for (that’s fine – just get it done):
1. Hire an acoustical engineer to write a spec for a new sound and video system that can clearly broadcast to people in the entire board room, out in the hallways and in the parking lot. Then hire someone. (I have to put that in there because they will just leave the specs in a drawer if I don’t tell them to hire a contractor)
2. Put video monitors on both sides of the board room facing the audience so people can actually see who is speaking. Also, put some monitors out in the hallways and have an additional hook up for viewing out in the parking lot for really big meetings.
3. Change the pictures and the paintings on the board room’s walls for every town board meeting. We’re spending enough taxpayer’s dollars for the Arts Program that the least they can do is return to the scene of the crime for a little clean up. Also, there was quite a bit of paint peeling and plaster all over the floor in the back of the room. Again, get the Art League over there, pronto!
Reminder to the town board: This is the ‘people’s’ house, not some college dorm room.
Hopefully, these ideas will make the ‘Huntington Town Board Experience’ a little more enjoyable.