The public did not participate in the public hearings last night.

There were three of them, of most general interest probably concerning the annexation of the Orr Farm to Park 88. One of the most puzzling of proponents’ assertions is that the development of this property will alleviate flooding in the nearby, long-suffering east-side neighborhood called Dodge.

Since commercial and industrial development of farmland has only rarely improved bad drainage situations, this needs to be explained. It would help if there were any decent maps available, but apparently not even aldermen have access to much. And they expect the citizenry to speak knowledgably in public on this issue?

That’s not to say that people aren’t talking outside of the meetings. After the Council adjourned, a resident of the aforementioned area detailed the flooding of the Wurlitzer pond that sometimes results in sewage backups and floating logs (as in the wooden kind, but still). I believe this gentleman intends to take his story to the Sanitary District but it’s too bad he did not speak to the city as well; it’s not the Sanitary District that puts in the buildings and pavement.

If blogging were my day job, I’d also be talking here about the Daley Group lobbying contract and the meeting-minutes controversy, both of which have more discussion going on outside of Council chambers than inside–by the regular joes, anyway. Those topics will have to wait a bit unless someone wants to start something in the comments.

Chronicle coverage here.