To the editor:

To the editor:

Nearly 52 years ago, my wife and I, accompanied by an infant son, came to Grove City and bought a house. At that time the town had a population of about 8,000, which has since evolved into a vibrant community of 30,000.

In the intervening years, we have observed a procession of city council members, mayors and other city officials who have served their terms and moved on. I recall that one mayoral candidate, Anton Patzer, won the election by a margin of one vote, thereby allowing all who had voted for him to justifiably claim that they had elected him. Each of those previous administrations has left a (sometimes faint but indelible) mark upon the life of the city.

The accumulation of those marks has resulted in today's community.

For approximately three years, the city's administrators have been engaged in discussions with potential developers who have presented proposals for development of the lumberyard site. Action taken by city council and remarks made by both the mayor and council members during the April 6 council meeting have resulted in written accusations being leveled, primarily at the mayor, in the Grove City Record, for his comments in response to the 3 to 3 vote by council. Similar accusations might also be directed at the four council members who signed and submitted a letter of ultimatum to the library trustees, but in neither instance would such accusations address the overriding concerns for development of the lumberyard site.

Rather than voicing accusations by misinformed or uninformed constituents at either the mayor or city council members, concerned citizens will be better served by attending one or more of the public meetings. There, they will receive information directly from the mayor and council members and, hopefully, have an opportunity to ask questions and offer their opinions.

The council members will have an opportunity to evaluate and assimilate the input that they receive from the general public. They will then be in a better position to make informed decisions, whether those decisions include or exclude the library, the parking garage or the atrium of the new building.

John F. Barnes

Grove City