The day wore on, and the questions kept coming, as commissioners expressed concerns with the projected volume of sales, the long term viability of the ski center, and the stages of development for the resort. Which phase will occur first? It was a ‘chicken or the egg’ syndrome played out with sales projections, infrastructure requirements, great camp lots, neighborhoods, wastewater treatment systems, power lines, new roads, and a renovated ski lodge.
As APA staffers detailed an extensive, laundry list of actions deemed necessary for the project, the phrase “Illegitimi non carborundum,” came to mind. This bastardization of the Latin language, translates roughly as, "Don't let the bastards grind you down.” I expect it is a term that Mr. Foxman understands all too well.
Day two found commissioners barricaded behind huge stacks of paperwork, which cluttered the tabletops, and spread onto the floor. By mid morning, the room began to fill, although there were still plenty of empty seats available. The crowd was largely a grey haired mob, with only a few younger folks in attendance.
The somber mood of the previous day’s proceedings was replaced with light joviality and anticipation. Testimony revolved around details of building restrictions, great camp lots, housing footprints, codes, outdoor lighting, vegetative clearings, energy consumption and conservation, protections for amphibians and from invasive species. Commissioners peered into a crystal ball, to discern impacts well into the future, and they wanted no stone left unturned, or unprotected.
The hearings were a formidable undertaking, with hour after hour of boring legalese, and regulations terminology. There were over a half dozen lawyers among the participants, and the list of state agencies included the APA, DOT, DEC, DOH, and the Department of State.
Mr. Foxman, the lead developer of the project, sat in the audience and appeared to be complacently patient. Commissioner Booth, who took on the reins of opposition, came across as a rumpled, frumpy curmudgeon. There appeared to be little doubt about which way his vote would go.
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