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How many times have we stated that perception is reality? That is the problem we see with the council’s decision Tuesday night on the skate park.
If there had been some kind of independent, impartial hearing officer or body that had rendered the exact same decision as the one the council did, we believe this issue would be over.
But those who question the project – and the process – simply do not feel they got a fair hearing, that, it was not right to have the judgment made by those who made the judgment.
We wish Council Chair Jim Hall’s comment that he hoped “everyone will come together and accept the (skate park) project” was possible.
But we don’t see it.
In fact, we think that the hearing Tuesday night in which the council upheld the skate park plan only made matters worse.
We wish the council had found a way to recuse itself and have a neutral party hear the appeal. In life, appearance is everything and it just looked bad for the council to pass judgment on itself.
As we have said, we have no problem with a skate park in front of the library. We simply feel the county did not follow its own process or held itself to the same standards as it holds others.
And it ignored its own appointed boards – which voted against the plan.
So this goes on.
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