The Home Rule Carter allows participation of The People and that is where we took our direction to petition our local government to give Gracedale another opportunity to float or sink. But, The People also have rights beyond the HRC, we have a great Constitution that was designed by The People for The People.
The last paragraph of the 1st amendment reads "and to petition the government for redress of grievances".
So why would they not listen? Our local government led by the ex-chair decided to do everything they could to prevent us from providing our gem a second chance. Ignoring the People even though we implored CC to resolve the issue without forcing us to pursue a petition initiative. And then when we followed the law and exercised our inalienable rights, within a two week period The People were sued first by a Councilman, and then by the County Executive. Why? Good question.
This has to stop. Our government should be held personally and financially responsible for any frivolous actions they take against The People they are supposed to be serving. They should have no right to misuse our tax dollars the way they have been. Both cases had many county employees sitting in court on our buck. We're sure if it was on their own dollar they would have reconsidered the action.
How much exactly did these two court actions cost the tax payers? Hopefully CC will have those figures for us at the next County Council meeting.