Tuesday was my big meeting with the Commissioners. I was locked and loaded. I even had handouts for all of the attendees, which there were ten of, including myself. Two of my immediate neighbors had been calling almost as much as I had been, with not quite as much luck getting calls back, so I had told the Commissioner that I would be inviting them. But, the news got out, and the group grew over the weekend, so I was getting a little nervous.
That is when I knew I needed to be very prepared to take charge of the meeting and not let a lynch mob mentality take over the crowd. Not only are these people mad about the trees, but years of neglect to our roads that have huge potholes (if you recall that is what prompted me to write a letter in the first place), and many residents have very bad drainage issues due to Road and Bridge problems as well. So, I took some pictures and made my handout, attached pertinent e-mails, highlighted the most important info, etc.; mostly just to make sure to keep things on track.
Thankfully, no one was lynched. Obviously, it is too late for my trees, but I have stopped them for cutting anymore. It was a mistake; at some point in time, who knows when, they are going to be coming through here to put in drainage ditches, so that if our road ever does get the potholes fixed properly, they will stay that way. Yes, the trees were cut way too far off the road, and yes they are sorry, and yes they should have told us first, and yes they are changing it right now. Hope that's not all because it's an election year....
Ironically, this picture is taken in front of my one remaining pine tree in the front of my house. Look at the tiny little, lonely thing!