by Max Brantley
Stodola said there were further legal questions that needed to be ironed out, particularly pertaining to facilities that already have plans in motion. Such as the vets center.
It was a typically underhanded city ploy. Stodola apparently told city directors of his plans to seek a delay in an e-mail earlier in the day, but didn't tell the public. A big crowd had gathered to be heard on the ordinance. They were sent home without a chance to comment except in the public comment at end of the meeting.
UPDATE: Here's Stodola's memo, with questions he raised about the ordinance. it includes whether the new brain injury center that has opened in the vet center site grandfathers in that use for the location.
The measure — which requires a conditional use permit for community welfare centers and also for certain alcohol retailers — came up solely because of the vets center, Hendrix said. She said protest of alcohol permits can already be waged successfully at the state ABC. Hendrix's comments prompted an angry outburst from Director Doris Wright, who said Hendrix was calling her a liar and she wouldn't stand for it. Stodola gaveled for order and decorum.
The ordinance was set to come up again at the first meeting in April.
Noted: Stodola refers repeatedly to the vets clinic in speaking and letters as a homeless center. It is much more than that. He knows it. His use of the word is intended to inflame, not solve.
ALSO TONIGHT: The city board heard from several thoughtful members and supporters of the Occupy Little Rock camp. They defended the cleanliness and order of the site and urged the city to continue to stand up for their demonstration of free speech. Adam Lansky said he'd like to talk about a move to a different location come summer, when conditions on the gravel lot will be hot.