Met Council Meeting was a Waste of Time
By Andrew Richter
It’s not often that I think a public meeting is a complete waste of time. In fact, I’m such a political junkie that I can’t think of any public forum, debate, or meeting that I didn’t come away learning something.
That is until the night of March 7 when I attended the Met Council “public meeting” about Bottineau transit at Robbinsdale City Hall. This meeting was completely useless. There was no presentation, no opportunity to publicly address the issue, and there really wasn’t anything new to tell us. And of course, they hold the stupid thing at 5PM ensuring that most people can’t attend. Why can’t they hold it at 7??
The only real “news” that came out the night was the very quick appearance of my representation (and I use that word loosely) in Hennepin County…..good ol’ Mike Opat. Mr Opat was at the meeting at the very beginning. After talking to two people (one of whom told him she was against the light rail) he then up and left! Nice representation Mr. Opat! You advocate for light rail and ridicule anyone opposed to it, but when there is a public meeting that you can’t control you leave right away instead of standing there defending your actions. Of course, he made sure the TV cameras saw him there since he needs television to metabolize his food. What a stand up guy you are!!!
I wish I could get those two hours of my life back!