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2/25/2014 10:18:00 AM
Letter: vote against zipline is political suicide

To the editor:

If you read the letter that was published last week, you know that I am less than optimistic when it comes to the processes of our city government's committees.

In stark contrast to the show last week in the council's chamber, last night's P&Z committee meeting was well run. Chairman Williams rode heard on the crowd with charm and country wit and managed to de-escalate an argument that a community member initiated with a staff member. His good attitude and jocularity added much needed levity to the room and put everybody at ease.

Commissioners Smiley and Massey treated the people with respect and asked intelligent questions that were germane to the proceedings at hand. They even commented that the city invited the owners of the zipline to Williams and it was in poor taste to show them the door so soon.

Buck reminded the chamber that the sole purpose of that committee was to determine whether or not the zip line was in compliance with the zoning of the approved site. He did, however remind that the interpretation of the code in determining that could and should take into account the overwhelming will of the people of the City of Williams.

That brings me to this point. We are a small community. Even though we are not a true democracy where every person has a vote, every person's view should be taken into account. Our local government is a democratic republic. We elect people to the city council to vote on our behalf. This brings up a conundrum for our current, sitting councilmen.

Their constituents have overwhelmingly voiced the opinion that the zip line was a positive thing. Also their staff (P&Z Committee) unanimously voted that it is compliance as far as zoning is concerned.

I cannot see a vote against the zipline as anything other than political suicide. Especially in an election year.

I urge the public to attend the city council meeting this Thursday at 7 p.m. I will be there and hope to see you.

Thomas Ross


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014
Article comment by: Mike Forester

I agree. The City Council should vote on the citizens behalf. But so should the School Board! Our schools are in terrible shape with low grades and poor administration. What are YOU doing about it! Time to look in your own backyard!

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