Apalach delays changes to CRA

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 09:18 AM.

“I am a citizen of this city,” said Seaton. “I have a right to participate in this government. If it’s not on the agenda, I can’t.”

Johnson said he has never disallowed a citizen from speaking out on any subject at a city meeting. “Anybody that wants to interject at a meeting is free to do so,” he said.

Seaton said she did not know whether the CRA chairman, Anita Grove, had been aware of the proposed change.

Before Grove had her opportunity to address the commissioners, both Johnson and Commissioner Brenda Ash said they were concerned about the tensions that had surfaced.

“Sounds like this discussion needs to be taken up at the CRA meeting. I think the CRA is very instrumental. There needs to be a sense of harmony on that board,” said Ash.

“I would like to see the CRA work out a plan, and not turn this appointment into a (battle),” Johnson said. “The last thing I want to see is to open up old battle wounds from the time when it was the chamber (of commerce) vs Main Street. You’re never going to have harmony when you go back and fight these old battles. The only way you’re not going to fight these old battles is to move forward.”

Clarice Powell said she felt Main Street had tried to circumvent the process by going directly to the city commission, rather than discussing the proposal first within the CRA.

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