By passing the Resolution to Amend, the Jackson Commissioners took the county- level leadership position on this issue in Western North Carolina. We publicly extend our gratitude to them —first of all—for placing it on their agenda. With the earlier commission, we had appeared five times, asking just to be given a formal hearing.
We now intend to go after resolution passage from the last two towns in our three county area. Afterwards we will re-approach the remaining two county boards. We learned from experience that it’s advisable first to seek municipal approval—then, the county so they will have support from the grassroots level.
What set this success of ours apart was being invited by the newly-elected chairman, Brian McMahan, to come and be heard when they passed it! He had signed the Pledge to Amend and further stated his intention to get the MTA Resolution passed within his first 100 days in office. McMahan and a running mate had replaced two of the more recalcitrant commissioners in the November election.
He, and MTA, succeeded!
To view the proceedings, we have Avram to thank for his CC documentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gYs5aLO8GA