During my twenty some odd years on the Township Board, only once did I ask my fellow Board members to allow me to refrain from a discussion and vote on a topic. Once they agreed, I removed myself from the dais and sat in the audience.
The issue was regarding an addition to a house of worship near my home. While reading the minutes of prior meetings regarding the property, I discovered that they were originally denied a permit to build because of drainage issues. Eventually, permission was granted and they were allowed to divert their rainwater into the park behind my home.
Wonderful. So, basements flood in my subdivision during heavy rains. Mine included. I pay so someone else can pray?
The solution the Township came up with on this occasion was to allow an addition to the building and require them to hold the water on the property. Well, guess what? It is not working. Every year since we have more and more water sitting in the park. A small lake in the summer and something new. We now have water sitting out there in the winter too.
I took the picture below ten minutes ago: