Letter: Commission, city council need to remain separate

John A. Peters


To the editor:

The front page Journal report of Dec. 21-22 about the Greenwood board left a very bad taste in my mouth. I was initially appalled that a longtime, extremely competent redevelopment commission member, Garnet Vaughn, was voted out of her spot on the board. Then to discover she was replaced by city council member Thom Hord was more than I could stomach.

First of all, I find it disturbing that the RDC has two city council members on it. The RDC oversees the spending of millions of tax dollars from Greenwood residents and businesses. The members are not elected officials, yet their fiscal responsibility to the Greenwood community is enormous.

Last year, Greenwood lost its long-time city pool, and a committee was established to propose a plan for a replacement. Thom Hord headed this committee and from the onset pushed for relocation to Freedom Park. When the plan was presented to the council, the pool committee had not agreed to the Freedom Park location.

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