|Five of seven BG Council members oppose charter amendment|
|Written by Sentinel Staff|
|Monday, 21 October 2013 21:21|
Five of seven Bowling Green City Council members said Monday night they oppose the charter amendment on the Nov. 5 ballot aimed at preventing hydraulic fracturing in the city.
Mike Aspacher, Daniel Gordon, Bruce Jeffers, Robert McOmber and Robert Piasecki said they all plan to vote against the charter amendment.
Council President John Zanfardino said he will vote in favor. At-Large Member Sandy Rowland said she sees both sides of the issue but how she votes is "sacred."
Their answers followed a question from retired BG Municipal Administrator Colleen Smith, who said she had not been able to determine their stands based on her attendance at a League of Women Voters of BG candidate forum.
Before asking for the poll of council, Smith praised the body for its unanimous approval of an ordinance banning fracking in the city. "I was not surprised you took that action," she said.
After getting her answers, Terry Lodge, attorney for the group promoting the charter amendment, took the floor "to dispel the crass disinformation campaign" mounted by the city. Lodge said the city would have people believe that "all life would become impossible in Bowling Green with the charter amendment."
He assured BG residents that they need not fear predicted large utility rate increases and urged council to get its own legal advice, rather than pay attention to the city's director of public works or city attorney.
City Attorney Michael Marsh stood by the information provided, pointing out that the proposal uses the words "any corporation," thus in his mind making no exception for BG being a municipal corporation. "Any judge would see the plain meaning. It (the question) answers itself."
To a concern of Lodge that a political action committee formed to oppose the amendment is operating "in secret" Marsh noted that pre-election reports are due with the board of elections Thursday.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:24|
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