Editorial/Op

Long-Term Consequences

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CENTRAL FIRST BLUE b    In today’s ever-changing world, you never know what events may shape the future.  For example, the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia is likely to change the focus and tone of this fall’s Presidential election.  Both parties will recognize the long-term consequences of the appointment of Scalia’s replacement.  In addition, three more Justices will soon be in their 80’s.  For the country, what may hang in the balance in this Presidential election is the conservative or liberal leaning of the Supreme Court.
    On the local stage, Central also faces long-term consequences as we go to court again on Monday to oppose the building of 250 apartments in the Shoe Creek development.  What hangs in the balance for Central in this lawsuit is whether the controlled growth called for in the Master Plan will be respected by requiring our ordinances to be followed as written, or whether growth in Central will once again be decided solely by the opinion of whoever is on the City Council at the moment. Similar in principle to the potential changes on the Supreme Court, this decision may shape events in Central for years to come. 
    Now, if anyone thinks that this is a minor issue, consider the torrent of lawyers, law firms, paperwork, and legal maneuvers this current administration has unleashed in defense of its actions. If anyone gets a notion to take the City of Central to court, first be sure it is very important to you.
    These maneuvers are all legal mind you, but the scope of the effort seems intended to squash any opposition to the agenda of the current elected officials.  The city has poured a great deal of time and money into motions and objections seemingly designed to keep evidence and testimony from being heard in open court. 
    Whether or not a new trial is granted, and whether or not we ultimately prevail in this “David vs. Goliath” scenario, I believe we are doing the right thing.  The many comments on the street, emails, and messages I have received from the citizens of Central confirm that for me.  Protecting the quiet nature of the Central community, listening to the voices of the people, and defending the integrity of our zoning ordinances are all worth the effort.
    I will share with you next week what happens in court on Monday.  We are hopeful that Judge Fields will see fit to grant a new trial, all of the evidence and testimony can be heard, and the case will be decided based on what’s best for the long-term future of Central.  That would be Good News for a Great City.

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