Even though a controversy still swirls around the CVS project in Honesdale, there was a major positive factor which came out of Monday night's borough council meeting.
Now it's hard to find much positive coming out of a two-and-one-half hour meeting, but it did happen.
That positive was discussion.
That may sound like a strange thing since discussion is what meetings are all about.
The problem with most meetings is a lack of discussion. Too many times government boards simply toe the line and vote with the herd. Too many times, as well, there is very little discussion about important matters.
Dr. Bill Davis, a very well respected local resident, made a good point Monday night. He called the current council "much improved" over the last bunch.
Though there are still problems, the biggest of which is making decision without involving the public, it is improving.
Monday's meeting was a great example of this improvement.
There was vigorous debate over the CVS issue and other issues, as well. That included a discussion about off-street parking during the winter months.
This is a healthy development.
Though it is apparent not everyone likes having such discussion, this is what the American experiment is all about.
Debate is the cornerstone of our democracy and it was on full display Monday night.
The biggest positive in all of this is that opinions are getting aired in public. That is a huge leap forward from the dark days of council talking privately and then voting in unison. That's not even to mention their attempt to quell the opinions of certain members.
We do know, however, there are some discussions happening in private that should be done in public. This is a problem.
Monday's meeting proved that having public discussions is how to at least get all sides of the subject aired. The public deserves that discussion and that is healthy.
It appears the issue of CVS is far from over. There are two distinct schools of thought when it comes to this project. Those thoughts were made very clear on Monday night.
As it stands, it appears the issue could go either way come next Monday night during a special meeting of the council.
One vote in particular seems to be hanging in the balance.
Hopefully, the council will do the right thing and not act on the CVS project until they know the dysfunctional intersection of 4th and Main is going to be fixed the right way. That is the best course of action.
Page 2 of 2 - What those on council must keep in mind is this decision is going to impact Honesdale and all of Wayne County for years and years to come. This single decision is one of the most important they have faced as a group since taking office last year.
Local boards are how local government works. Their decisions can impact generations upon generations. All you have to do is look at some of the curvy and dangerous roads in this area and you can see what a negative impact some previous decisions had on future generations.
Board members must never forget they are charged with the public trust and doing what's right for the citizens is the top priority, bar none.