The two letters recently written by current Worthington City Council members about the Keep Worthington Beautiful initiative raise a few questions.

To the Editor:

The two letters recently written by current Worthington City Council members about the Keep Worthington Beautiful initiative raise a few questions.

First, why does City Council feel the need to have a 20-day waiting period when, as David Nordstrom pointed out, almost all of central Ohio has a 30-day window to challenge rezoning?

Secondly, why did Scott Myers and Bonnie Michael wait until an initiative was to be placed on the ballot to listen to concerned residents and, as Myers stated in his letter to the editor, to "negotiate" with Keep Worthington Beautiful?

Third, why does City Council think that this initiative is so detrimental to Worthington when their fellow council member, Doug Smith, contacted many developers who said the 60-day waiting period did not make any difference? They wanted to develop in Worthington because it is Worthington.

Finally, why do some City Council members seem more concerned with the perception of other communities than the concerns and opinions of Worthington residents?

I understand that City Council is concerned with attracting new businesses to increase tax revenue. However, neither opponent of the increased waiting period offered any proof that there would be a detrimental effect to our community by the increased waiting period. The arguments against the waiting period were based on speculation.

I agree that a democracy is extremely important. As such, allowing residents to have increased notice to allow them time to comment on something that directly affects their lives is paramount to maintaining the character of our community.

Sean C. Demaree

candidate, Worthington City Council