Two candidates for the Clintonville Area Commission have joined residents in criticizing the process for choosing a design for new signs marking the entries to the neighborhood.

Two candidates for the Clintonville Area Commission have joined residents in criticizing the process for choosing a design for new signs marking the entries to the neighborhood.

"It's disappointing to learn that the community was not better informed about the process for reviewing and offering their opinion regarding the entries for the Clintonville gateway signs," Daniel B. Miller, who is running against Joe Barylak to replace Mike Folmar as the District 4 representative, wrote on a Facebook page devoted to the sign issue. "Local government does not serve citizens well when rules and processes are not announced to the public. The gateway signage should be a fun opportunity for the community to get involved with shaping how the world will view the neighborhood for the coming decades.

"I'm sad that the CAC did not do more to encourage community participation."

"I have been following this issue, among others, and I must say I do not feel the commission is operating the way it should be," Dana K.J. Bagwell, who is seeking to unseat Nick Cipiti in District 5, posted on the Facebook page.

Others also added their voices to the fray.

"At (the April 16) meeting, concerning artwork to represent Clintonville far into the future, citizens were allowed one vote for the 30 or so pieces of artwork," Richard Fowler, who is active in north Clintonville affairs, wrote in an email. "We learned that each hand-picked member of the chairman's committee has 10. I am disgusted by the very deliberate effort to cut the community out of Clintonville affairs. I mean, is Clintonville located in some third-world nation?"

Jason V. Advani, a one-time District 1 commission candidate, also posted criticism of the commission and Chairman John DeFourny on an electronic forum for residents of south Clintonville.

"I have my own opinions, but my opinions don't matter either, because what is important is that the community as a whole have an opinion," Advani wrote. "That is what our commission is supposed to do. When one says the commission is supposed to have a single voice for the community, did they mean DeFourny is supposed to be our voice? I don't think so.

"I'll be honest, I am tired of this, but I'm also stubborn. I'm not going to give up, and I am not alone. We still have a great opportunity to make a change to this commission."

Early in-person voting for the three commission seats up for election this year will take place May 2. The actual election is set for May 5.