Original post made by A. Watson, Alamo, on Feb 23, 2008
The February 22 issue of Danville Weekly has a story concerning the recent Alamo Community Council meeting. At that meeting there was good discussion about traffic and the lack of safety on Danville Blvd. When Millie Greenberg was our appointed Supervisor the citizens of Alamo met with her, Chris Lau and other officials from county. Various suggestions were made including an "on-demand" signal at Orchard. The only options that were actually voted on were a roundabout and a traffic signal.
Greenberg was in favor of the roundabout and had various plans to show the group. One expensive roundabout proposal included a concrete Welcome to Alamo sign and many costly plants requiring water, all of which we would be taxed to pay for. Other roundabouts were shown and a less expensive one was the voted choice. It was stated by the vote counters that consensus was shown. This is far from correct. It's important to understand that "consensus" means an opinion held by all or most of those present and such was not the case.
The so-called "vote" represented .01% of the citizens of Alamo and a number of people voted "yes" as a lark because we thought the entire concept of a roundabout near the downtown area was ridiculous and would never be taken seriously. We were wrong...
I assure you that there WAS NOT unanimity or "consensus" regarding a roundabout at this meeting. I was there.