If Edge residents are thinking that the owner of property in their town is crafting laws for the county, Barret Lyne says they are thinking wrong.
Tuesday night's presentation of documents at a town meeting had some Edge residents thinking something was happening along the lines of Donald Trump writing tax law for the government.
"They're not privy to what has transpired," Lyne said Wednesday. "They don't know all that's transpired. They just have somebody here, an attorney, that's pulling that letter out of the whole, long history of things, putting this in front of them and saying, this is what's going on, and that's not what's going on."
According to Lyne, he and Assistant County Attorney Tina Snelling were put in touch with each other concerning the proposed entertainment venue that has drawn the Edge community's anger.
Lyne says he didn't want to fall into the same problems that Hot Rod Hill had to deal with in the county. That track was shut down in late 2005 following repeated noise complaints.
When Lyne asked about entertainment rules and regulations for Brazos County, he says he was told there weren't any, so he decided to do some digging of his own.
That led to Lyne sending more than 100 pages to Snelling of a proposed entertainment venue regulation for Brazos County, one he says he crafted from Alaska law and other regs on the books.
"I submitted that to Tina for her input, for her review, input and guidance," Lyne said.
Snelling said Wednesday she has been working on drafts of a future entertainment venue regulation, but that what Lyne provided wasn't asked for, and won't be used as a baseline.
Lyne's cover letter is addressed to County Judge Randy Sims, who said Tuesday he had never seen the documents. Lyne says he delivered them to Snelling despite it being addressed to Sims, and added he hasn't talked with Sims about the track except for the TABC hearing. Addressing the documents to Sims, Lyne said, was just because he's the county's head.
"I've never gotten past his administrative assistant, and she directed me to Tina Snelling," Lyne said.
In the cover letter, Lyne wrote his proposed regs were sent "per the request" of Snelling. Wednesday, he told me it probably should have read it was sent per a discussion with Snelling.
"They're trying to build a case out of that wording of my letter, like she called me up asking for this information, wanting to start, and that's not what's happening at all," Lyne said.