Buddy Cather attended two Town of Rising Sun meetings last week - the special business meeting Monday and the regular town meeting Tuesday.
"I couldn't believe the difference between Monday and Tuesday. Monday's meeting was less formal and it was contentious. Tuesday was like a church social," said Cather. "There is a noted difference between the meetings being filmed and not filmed in my mind."
The town pays between $450-$600 per meeting for professional video taping. They didn't film the meeting where they prepared to spend more than $10 million.
At Monday's meeting, Cather asked questions about the planned $10 million, 10 thousand dollar water connection to Chester Water. At one point he attempted to explain his background. Before retiring, Cather was a utilities supervisor for the Maryland Transportation Authority. He said his questions were based on his experience and knowledge. Commissioner Allen Authenreath told Cather he didn't care about Cather's background.
Cather used to be a frequent attendee at town meetings. He owns a home in downtown, a property not receiving town services which was taxed $384 with the newly enacted tax, and the home where he lives on Stevens Road. "I grew up here. Anyone who isn't 65 years old is a newcomer to me. They (town board) are all newcomers," said Cather.
But he said he admires those who serve on the town board for stepping up to resolve the problems. "They are accountable for every action and inaction," he said.
They have taken action with Cather's property. Commissioner Dave Warnick offered to allow Cather to have that parcel un-annexed.
The 2.4 acre parcel adjacent to his property does not perc. The property was annexed into town in 1979. Cather bought the land in 2011. He is an avid hunter but decided to not develop the property. Instead, he allows wildlife to use it as a haven. He doesn't hunt them, he just likes to watch them in their own habitat.
Now, Cather wants that parcel to no longer be in town limits. He was offered the chance to be un-annexed. He welcomes and encourages it.
"I don't foresee it happening. They said they will un-annex me. I know of at least three more people who would desire to be un-annexed. And I think that will snowball," said Cather.
Cather is also opposed to the new water line. He has a laundry list of concerns.