It's summer re-run season on TV, so why not in real life as well? If what went on at yesterday's meeting between the Washington County Commissioners and the county's state lawmakers is sadly familiar, it's because we saw much the same thing when the county board was trying to deal with economic development.
Here's the plot of this melodrama: A citizens' group, alarmed that matters are drifting without direction, tries to steer the meandering vehicle back onto the highway. At this point elected officials wake up and, realizing that something might actually get accomplished without their involvement, start tramping on the brake pedal.
That's how the commissioners reacted to the business community's push for a reinvigorated Economic Development Commission. After voting in June of 1996 to create an independent EDC, the board reversed itself in December, telling everyone that they were going to be in charge. Being in charge, however, hasn't enabled them to fill the EDC director's post, which has been vacant since October 1995.