Pleasant Valley Roundabout Project Highlights Civic Politics

by George Waldon  on Monday, May. 19, 2014 12:00 am  

The gathering is intended to be an informational meeting to address questions about the plans but also serves as a public debut for opposition to the roundabout. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright Carter and her lawyer, Edward Oglesby, are among those in attendance. The roundabout will be built in front of Wright’s home at the southeast corner of Pleasant Valley and Arkansas Valley drives.

• Feb. 12: The roundabout becomes part of the agenda at a meeting of the Pleasant Valley Property Owners Association board of directors. Eleven opponents, representing nine Pleasant Valley households, attend the meeting. Oglesby, Wright’s attorney, makes a presentation on why the roundabout is a bad idea. Oglesby persuades the board to take a vote on the project.

Lawyer Rick Campbell, a member of the PVPOA board, makes a motion that the board oppose the roundabout project and send a letter to the city to let city officials know about the board’s vote. Gary Jefferson seconds the motion, which passes with a 6-3 vote.

• April 8: Ward 4 Director Brad Cazort holds a special public meeting at Fulbright Elementary School after receiving emails and phone calls aplenty about the roundabout project, both for and against.

Public announcements about the meeting don’t mention that a vote will be taken to decide the future of the project. However, early in the meeting, Cazort indicates the fate of the roundabout will be determined here.

After public commentary and discussion, Cazort calls for a show of hands vote regarding the project. An unofficial tally by one attendee estimates the count at 60-15 in favor of scuttling the project.

It will take a vote by the board of directors to amend the enabling ordinance for the project to officially kill it.



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