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Letter to the Editor: Responding to ‘Concerned about Town & Country’

In a recent letter to the editor titled “Concerned about Town & Country” a former alderman made claims of misconduct by the elected officials. These claims are unsubstantiated and unsupported.

Actions taken by the city of Town & Country are done after full public discus- sions, recommendations from citizen com- missions, task forces, consultants and staff. These discussions always occur in open sessions with public comment, and only in certain cases allowed by law are they done in closed sessions. The general public has full access to the records of the city and the right to be heard on every matter before any votes are taken.

Every alderman has the ability to speak on any issue before the city. The discus- sions may at times be very passionate and persuasive, but no one has ever been pro- hibited from speaking or asking questions. Every alderman has the right to make their own decision on any issue without improper and undue pressure being placed on them.

The accusation that some elected officials have realized financial gain because of actions taken by the city are not supported in fact. There have been many times when the mayor, or an alderman, have recused themselves from the discussions and votes due to a possible conflict of interest.

The Town Square project was approved after a long process of public input, including from a public task force that resulted in a formal report. The Board of Aldermen selected the contractor, and thereafter, with public input, made substantial costly quality improvements to the design. The result is a beautiful Town Square that, as the health restrictions are lifted, will become a very active, enjoyable space.

We would encourage the current board to look very carefully at the recent allegations and see them for what they really are.

Skip Mange, Fred Meyland-Smith, Lynn Wright, Tim Welby, Gussie Crawford, Joe Benigas, Sue Allen – former and current Town & Country alderman

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