At issue here was PATH's request for reconsideration on the Board's previous decision to deny a Special Exception for the gigantic substation in Mt. Airy, PATH's proposed terminus.
A request for reconsideration is just that -- a request, and in what ended up being record time, the Board denied PATH's request and refused to reconsider their previous decision.
Chairperson Westdorp began by asking the Board if they wanted to hear from the applicant. *crickets* Just before this, she had done the group swear-in, where anyone present who was prepared to give testimony is required to stand up and take the oath. The 100 or so citizens present all stood up, letting the Board know that if the applicants intended to put on more testimony, subject to cross examination, that they would be cross examined... ad nauseam. Did PATH's blood curdle at that moment?
Westdorp tried for a creepy amount of time to get someone to make a supernatural motion to grant or deny the applicant's sinister request. It was spine-chilling! The unnatural sound of silence was uncanny! When it became freakishly obvious that no one was going to help her out, Westdorp herself made the scary motion to deny the applicant's frightening request. Board member Sepe seconded the motion, in spooky, otherworldly fashion. A hair-raising vote was taken and the applicant's request was denied a terrifying 3-0.
The crowd once again loudly displayed their approval. PATH representatives looked a bit red in the face. I guess it was just too frightening for them to come face-to-face with eerie democracy.
PATH's next step is to continue to pursue this through the courts. That's probably guaranteed to be even spookier!