John DeFourny, I respectfully disagree with your recent statements to Kevin Parks at ThisWeek, as I know many of the community members that live in Clintonville's District 9 do. Once again, you have it all wrong. This is not COTA's meeting, but a meeting between COTA and community representatives to discuss the needs of COTA and how we as a community, not just as bystanders, can help to fulfill as many of COTA's needs as possible, and align them with the needs of the community.

John DeFourny, I respectfully disagree with your recent statements to Kevin Parks at ThisWeek, as I know many of the community members that live in Clintonville's District 9 do. Once again, you have it all wrong. This is not COTA's meeting, but a meeting between COTA and community representatives to discuss the needs of COTA and how we as a community, not just as bystanders, can help to fulfill as many of COTA's needs as possible, and align them with the needs of the community.

As members of an advisory committee with COTA our goal is to work with COTA and find a way to help them, and to further welcome them into our community by taking the necessary steps to find a positive solution that works for both sides, COTA and the local community. We will not simply be limited, or cut short, in our efforts to build a positive relationship with COTA. Additionally, I would state that we are partners in the process, not simply there to be talked at by COTA.

The committee is designed to help address the issues that will more than likely directly impact District 9, maybe District 6, but not your District 8, Mr. DeFourny.

You are correct in that this is not a CAC meeting, but we will not limit our thoughts and our discussions as is seen at most recent CAC meetings between the chair and other CAC representatives. Instead, we will forge a positive relationship that will move us forward with this project and all future projects that we can assist COTA with.This is not a do-over, as you call it. This is a do-right: do-it-right for COTA, do-it-right for the community, and as Rep. John Carney said, a "win-win" for both sides. Maybe you don't like a win-win, but we think it's possible.

I see a major problem here, Mr. DeFourny, in that you did not fully participate in the previous process with the Sharon Heights Community Association (SHCA) and Sharon Township leadership, except as a bystander. More importantly you are forgetting what your Clintonville Area Commission Charter is: to represent the community. On the other hand, Ms. Searcy, CAC District 9 commissioner, did listen to her constituents, did work hard to stop the project at the request of constituents and does have the full support of the SHCA on this issue….