The tree cutting issue at Mountain Park has peaked my interest of late. Personally I feel that if a few trees have been cut too close to wet lands then it's not a very big deal because they will eventually grow back. Good thing it was caught this time on a high profile project because it puts a media spotlight the sensitivity of our wetlands.
Sensing that some people might make a big issue out of this, for or against Eric Suher who owns the property, I went to Thursdays Conservation Commission meeting at the City Hall Annex. Suher (whose name is pronounced Sure) arrived late to the meeting, but It wasn't an issue since his Mountain Park property had not yet come up.
Suher sat with his back to the people in attendance, and explained to the commission all the work done at Mountain Park. He stated that the majority of work near the wetlands was in the picnic grove area of the former Park. Suher said that his contractors removed dead, and diseased trees, "For safety reasons".
Local reporters Ken Ross from the Republican, and Mike Dobbs from Reminder Publications were eagerly taking notes of Suher's statements. There has been a lot of interest in his plans for Mountain Park, and didn't take a mind reader to guess that everyone in attendance wanted to know more. Mountain Park holds a special place in the hearts of many Holyoker's.
I was taking photos of the meeting, but had trouble with the dull lighting of the room creating dark faces. When I came back around the table a second time with my flash now attached to my camera Suher asked if I would mind not taking his photo. Since he asked, and since I didn't want to make a nuisance I refrained from further picture taking. The photos already shot were probably adequate, so I sat down. Members of the public are well within their rights to photograph the meeting so long as they are not making a nuisance, or being disruptive.
Eric Suher immediatly raised the issue of another member of the public video taping the meeting. As soon as he asked the camera turned off I clicked my SLR into video mode and began recording.
I apologize for the low audio, my SLR does not have good sound pickup.
Eric Suher returned to the room a few moments later, and the meeting continued without further incident. He even made a clever joke that got the whole commission laughing. I sat thinking how laughable it is that a project like Mountain Park should somehow not garner attention from the public. I mean Eric knew people would take a strong interest in what he was doing when he bought the property.
The overall feeling I got from Mr Suher during this meeting was that he is a very self centered person. He made a non-issue, into an issue, which deflected the real issue, and put everyone on notice that he is the most important person in the room.
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