HIGH NOON IN TOWN OF LINN
The farmland owner’s opposition to the slate of board members carried in on a landslide at the recent election, faded into history, at least the recent history. The farm opposition, so flagrantly assembled over the course of the last seven months, exclusive of election night, was nowhere to be seen. A lonely Alan Pollyock, one of the town’s biggest and oldest farm holders, got up to humorously state that he would not be submitting any motions to do anything other than try to make sure that the city sells some old trucks that have been laying around forever. That got a few laughs, mostly laughs of relief.
A former longtime chairman of the town board, got up to submit a motion to confirm that the current board members have full powers of taxation and finance. This motion, seemingly innocuous because the board already has those powers, was really all about getting the support of the many members of the community who’ve had to show up recently to overcome some of the frankly idiotic motions proffered by certain members of the farm community.
That confirmation motion was voted in by a 78-vote total with no opposition. By making that motion, the former wizard of a board chairman assured that the powers of the current board in those areas cannot be taken unless a town meeting vote exceeding that number was made sometime in the future. The old standard was 35 votes, hence how some of the motions made last November passed so easily. The board is firmly in the grasp of the residential members chosen by the majority of the population, and they have their full powers.
There were no motions made to do anything when ‘new business’ was brought up. Rose, the former town clerk was on hand to make sure that only registered voters in the Town of Linn voted, and if not voters then those with proof of residency. The GSR was the cause of her concerns and her monitoring of the voters entering the facility, because, prior to the GSR complaint back in November of 2020, anyone attending the town board meeting was presumed by his or her presence to be a resident. That kind of trust could not be allowed in the modern era. Since that November meeting, there have been two town board meetings, including the one held on Tuesday night. The new rules are in place and they are being rigidly enforced, which has also had the effect of making the meetings much more ones of quiet considered respect than the meetings of old.
The Town of Linn has come into the modern era, and the stewardship of that journey has been brilliantly guided by Jim Weiss, the town board chairman. He brought forces together who do not normally associate at all, much less get along. Now those diverse personalities and forces are bonded, working together and accomplishing wonders. A lot of the reason for that is because of the hard work and accomplished communications skill of Jim Weiss.
The community can take a break, as the power of the virus’ hold over society, nationally and right at home, is slowly pried loose and more normal society is returned to. The virus, and its social and economic effects, were partially to blame for what almost happened in the Town of Linn and it is a great measure of the town’s worth that the town’s citizens reacted the way they did. Even the hardball players who attempted to divide and conquer decided that their hand was played out. They did not show, the sheriff won, but unlike in the movie, he did not leave town with his bride. Jim Weiss stayed, and the town is the better for it.