Yesterday I left Commissioner Edwards office and hightailed it over to the MetroPlan public meeting that was in progress. The meeting was a hearing by the Federal Government to certify MetroPlan and take input from the public. I had no idea what I was going to but MetroPlan is part of the funding puzzle so I decided to go see what it was all about.
The MetroPlan office is downtown in Orlando on the north side of Lake Eola. It is on the 3rd floor of the building and the meeting was held in a large board room able to seat about 20 committee members and about the same number of observers. The Federal auditors were sitting at the front of the room with about 20 people watching and someone was speaking. The people speaking seemed to be mostly people associated with MetroPlan with me possibly being one of the only resident in the room.
I saw the board chairman, Harold Barley, sitting at the front of the room but did not get a chance to speak to him.
MetroPlan is in the picture because this is the organization that decides where the funding goes for transportation in a three state area of Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. We need to make sure our area is represented on this board.