Worthington City Council's public hearing April 13 attracted a standing-room-only crowd, the vast majority supporting the park.
To the Editor:
Worthington City Council's public hearing April 13 attracted a standing-room-only crowd, the vast majority supporting the park. Many supporters spoke publicly; three attendees spoke opposing the park. Dr. Bob Chosy and Doug Smith voted for a park on East New England; Scott Myers, David Norstrom, Michael Troper, Rachael Dorothy and president Bonnie Michael voted against the park.
Generally, statements made by the five opposing council members seemed dismissive of residents' views and of residents' pledge to fund park development.
Since mid-September 2014, it has seemed to me that some members of MPC/ARB and City Council had little regard for the vigorous and ongoing input of a large number of residents who supported a park over one more single-family condo.
The April 13 charade of a public hearing confirmed that we don't have a representative democracy in Worthington city government. We deserve an objective council president who conducts meetings in an even-handed way; we deserve council members who are as respectful and mindful of residents' wishes as they are of developers'.