Holiday Island Planning Commission a no-show for its August meeting

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- Anyone wanting to do business with the Holiday Island Planning Commission at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting Friday was disappointed, as the office was locked, the lights off and no sign on the door to inform people why they weren't meeting.

HIPC usually meets the first Friday of every month at 9 a.m. at their office at 1 Parkcliff Drive, Suite D.

A man wanting to get a permit asked this reporter, who came to cover the meeting, whether it had been cancelled or rescheduled.

No press release was received as to a meeting change, so no answer was available.

"I'll guess I'll have to call the building inspector," he said, clearly frustrated.

Communication from HIPC to the press was withdrawn in January after Chairman Myrna Peterson objected to the newspaper's journalistic standard use of names in reporting on permits and other business.

She made it clear the Carroll County News was not welcome at public meetings, although CCN has continued to send a reporter to the meetings.

HIPC also holds private "special meetings" to grant permits and other requests, of which the press has not been informed.

While the Holiday Island Planning Commission is not an elected, but a self-appointed body, some in the community have observed it acts as a quasi-governmental organization, issuing building permits, charging permit fees and penalties, and enforcing covenants.

Up until this year, the district manager of the Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District sat as a voting member on its board.

HIPC has an agreement with HISID to prosecute covenant-breakers and was involved in two lawsuits in the past.

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