Earlier this week, the mayor's office announced that Metro's Planning Department would be holding an "information session and community meeting on Mayor Karl Dean's proposed Sulphur Dell baseball stadium."
"Metro and the State of Tennessee, which owns property at the proposed location, agreed a community meeting would be an important step in the ongoing process," the administration's release said. "The city is exploring locating a new minor-league ballpark in Sulphur Dell in a public-private partnership with the Nashville Sounds."
But the meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Nashville Farmers Market. And, in my Twitter feed at least, that struck a few people in the community as odd.
.@iamstevenhale Note time on that community meeting. 2p. When most working people in the community cannot attend. Any evening mtgs planned?
— Mike Byrd (@micchiato) October 16, 2013
@ashfordhughes @micchiato @iamstevenhale who makes the decision when to hold these type of meetings? Why would workday even be considered?
— john hutcheson (@hutchmo) October 16, 2013
So, we asked. Planning Department spokesman Craig Owensby sent Pith this response.
We hope as many interested citizens as possible can attend the meeting, but we recognize that it is difficult to find a time that works for everyone’s schedule. This was the first meeting Metro and the State could schedule that could work for all of the speakers, and we wanted to get the conversation started.
For those unable to attend, we plan to tape the meeting so that they can view the presentation online and make comments and ask questions. We also hope to offer more community meetings as this process continues to give additional opportunities for community questions and comments.
After the meeting, the presentation and video will be available at www.nashville.gov/Planning-Department