Last year, many central Ohio communities were asked to approve the the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's "Olentangy Watershed Balanced Growth Plan."

To the editor:

Last year, many central Ohio communities were asked to approve the the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's "Olentangy Watershed Balanced Growth Plan."

With such a pleasant and positive title, many communities blessed the plan, having barely even looked at it.

In Worthington, many residents expressed concerns about the plan.

Would it affect private property?

Would it mandate the removal of the sewer-line dam, south of Dublin-Granville Road, leaving as the only alternative, the installation of a lift station (pump station) which is a dangerous threat to water quality and the environment when flooding overwhelms the equipment, and raw sewage would be dumped into the Olentangy River?

Would Worthington yielding its jurisdiction for our community, giving up authority to outside bureaucrats?

Fortunately, thanks to the wisdom of our city council, the answer is "no" to all these concerns.

Unlike other communities that signed on with little examination of the plan, Worthington maintained its long history of respecting the residents of our community.

City council asked the city manager to form a committee to study the plan, and council acted after determining the consensus of the many different voices on the committee. Everyone was given a chance to be heard, and the city acted, based on that consensus and its own good judgment.

Having lived in this community for more than 60 years, I have come to understand how much our community loves it history, its neighborliness and its schools.

But the too-often unseen jewel of our community is Worthington City Council. Its members come from diverse backgrounds, but all are committed to doing their best for our community. One of the greatest factors in keeping our community's uniqueness and special quality is the quality of the fine individuals that make up Worthington City Council.

Be grateful for these good people, and thank them for all they do for our community. As Bonnie Michael has often said, "In Worthington, we try to do things right."

John Haueisen
Worthington

Resident: Police 'acted accordingly'

To the editor:

Police officers, including those in Worthington, put themselves in potential danger in all kinds of volatile situations. They have a right and duty to protect themselves.

It is too bad Sandy Velie has to contend with these problems with her son, but it is not right of her to speak ill of the Worthington police decision to use SWAT protection. They had information that suggested the situation was dangerous and acted accordingly.

Mrs. Velie should consider herself fortunate that no weapons were discharged and no one was hurt. She also should consider she might need their assistance in the future.

Peggy Barnum
Worthington