This week County Commisioner Gerald Daugherty brokered a meeting between local residents and members of the Covert team. Their FaceBook group site outlines the meeting from the neighbors perspective:
"This afternoon, representatives from our committee along with others from the Bee Cave/Hill Country community met with County Commissioner, Gerald Daugherty, and just about everyone with the last name "Covert" as well as their engineering and architecture teams. The meeting lasted about 1.5 hours and can be summed up in a few points.
1. Commissioner Daugherty opened the meeting asking for common ground and civility. He asked the Coverts to go first and present their plan hoping that would answer many of our questions.
2. The Coverts presented their more revised site plan. The only change was they have moved the fuel tank to the other side of the property, closer to Nitro.
2. They told us how they are just like us and have families they care about and basically tried to identify with us in order to win us over.
3. Duke Covert was the spokesman for their group.
4. We then presented our side. We laid out all the reasons we have all discussed over and over again as to why no dealership should go there. Everything from safety to lighting was put forth in a concise and systematic method. We told them we know, legally, they can move forward even thought the city, county, LTISD and TxDOT have all said this is a bad idea.
5. We then summed everything up with, the fact that no amount of concessions on there end will make the dealership satisfactory. We also laid out our action plan (at a high level and not giving away everything) to show them we are willing to make this painful for them and we will not give up. We told them if they move forward, they are in for a huge fight.
We were meet with mixed reactions from their side. Some seemed a little concerned, some not so much. We did get some feedback both verbal and non-verbal that told us we made a great case and they are listening and they realize they have a BIG problem on their hands. The next step is we need to give them a little time to mull over what was said and their options. I will reach out to their representative after an appropriate amount of time and ask them directly about their "new" intentions. After that conversation, we will have either succeeded and they go elsewhere or we commence our action plan to MAKE them go elsewhere. In the mean time we will continue to monitor the city, county and state agencies for action by the Coverts. Our committee will also be meeting with Rep. Paul Workman next week to bring this to his attention and that of the state level.
As things develop we will continue to update everyone as best we can. Thank you for your attention and willingness to stand up and protect our Hill Country community."