I love my job, but after last night I'm ready to quit and make knick knacks the rest of my life.
Had a PC meeting last night. Everything was fine until 'New Business'. One of the boardmembers, who has a reputation for being crotchety, starts in about Home Depot. How is looks like hell and is an embarrassment and how it's clear that the developers aren't from around here, blah blah blah. I ask him whats the problem? He says, trash, trees, etc. How there is no grass there (mind you, it was built last summer, seeded, had a drought, grass didn't grow and right now there is 6 inches of snow on the ground). He's ranting for what seems forever about all this stuff and how nothing is being done about it, blah blah blah.
So, when he finally stops, I ask him about the tree's. He says "there are none out there". So, I must have gave him this quizzical look as I wondered what the hell he was talking about. So he goes off on me "you sit there rolling your eyes, but that site looks like hell, there are no tree's out there". So I say "I've done three site plan reviews based on your complaints about the trees - every single tree on the site plan is in the ground, plus, there are actually like 10 additional trees.". He says "oh" and shuts up. This whole scene lasts for about 10-15 minutes.
Now, I am *the* planning, zoning, and grants person. I have a lot of stuff to do, and I don't pretend that I catch everything. I welcome people calling me up and letting me know if there is a problem. But don't call me out during a PC meeting that has a buttload of people there, not to mention the press. Plus, I have a BIG problem with people talking like that to me. I'm not an idiot and a do a damn good job - don't imply otherwise. If there is a problem, talk to me or the City Manager about it. Not in a public forum.
I'm sure this is probably something that 99.9% of planners deal with, (par for the course?). It's happened to me before, but not to this extent. I don't know why people have to be like that? Should I do/say anything whether to him, the chair, the mayor, etc? Just ignore it?
Anywho, I needed to vent. If you made it through this, bless you!