Overflow Crowd Hears Town’s Plans
By Jim Buice
It was difficult to find a seat in The Granary at WinMock for last Tuesday night’s Bermuda Run Comprehensive Plan public input meeting.
Certainly, there was plenty of interest in plotting the path for the small town, which was incorporated in 1999.
“We’re bringing in more chairs,” new mayor Ken Rethmeier told the packed house. “If I didn’t know better, I would have thought this might have been an Occupy movement — Occupy Bermuda Run.”
Erin Burress, project planner for Benchmark, admitted that there wasn’t enough room for the large crowd of about 150, which was double what organizers were expecting.
“I think I made the wrong call when I picked this room rather than the larger loft in the main barn,” said Burress, who provided an overview of Bermuda Run’s future road map.
After the presentation, residents were able to visit tables with more information about the five areas considered to be the primary goals: community character and identity; land use, growth management and environment; transportation; services and infrastructure; and parks and recreation/open space.
Rethmeier said it has been a long process as the 12-year-old town takes the next step in shaping its future.
“Over the last 13 months, the planning board has been collecting information, compiling data, reading and understanding surveys, and conducting focus groups trying to figure out what is the profile of the picture …