To the editor:
To the editor:
I write this letter in response to your recent story, "Developer charged with harassment." The information reporter Gaylon Vickers received from the Gahanna Police Department is grossly inaccurate. There were no calls or faxes to Mr. Fisher from me that are part of Gahanna's complaints.
To my knowledge the city was not looking into developing the old Fraternal Order of Police site. I think the city has its hands full with Creekside.
Mr. Fisher's backyard does not abut the FOP property. We never contacted Mr. Fisher about either developing or purchasing his property. Mr. Fisher never declined our offer because no offer ever was made. Therefore, it would be impossible for me to have been sending Mr. Fisher communications since Mr. Fisher rejected the offer.
I did meet with the Gahanna police in 2007 and was told to stop sending e-mails to Fisher from my Gahanna office. As a result of the treatment we received by Gahanna during our 2006 and 2007 rezoning efforts, we closed our office in Gahanna after complying with the police department's request. Once relocated out of Gahanna, I did send approximately five e-mails to Mr. Fisher, who, if he thought such communications were harassing, intimidating or untruthful, could have blocked future e-mails.
Mr. Fisher, who is an attorney, could have sued me personally rather than have the taxpayers foot the bill for his past actions that led to this dispute.
Gahanna's assistant prosecutor attempted to have two protective orders approved by the judge. One was for barring me from further contact with Mr. Fisher, which I readily agreed to. The other was for barring me from any contact with Gahanna officials, which was denied by the judge.
That didn't stop Mayor Becky Stinchcomb from sending out an e-mail to city officials, advising them to report any contact from me to be turned over to the Gahanna police for forwarding to the prosecutor's office. I received a copy of an e-mail from one councilman to the police, advising them that he never requested protection from me.
Could it just be that the mayor wants to stifle my criticism of Creekside?
Michael A. Dehlendorf