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Just who is Mayor Campbell listening to?

A Column by the Editor

web posted February 15, 2007

COLUMN – For the record, I do not live in Johnston and I could care less where they install a walking trail. The ongoing battle over whether to put it at the Jaycee Park or the Watson Park is silly. The obvious choice would be the Jaycee Park location. Placing the trail around Watson Park, which is not completed, would mean that in a year or two the walking trail would be destroyed when the grading of the ball fields take place. It would be throwing money away.

Mayor Willie Campbell is adamant the trail be placed at Watson Park for reasons unknown other than he wants it there. By dragging the issue out the town runs the chance of losing some of the PARD funds that have to be spent by the end of May that will be used for the trail.

The town council has made it clear they prefer the Jaycee Park location and are not willing to change their minds. So, Mayor Campbell invited a group of citizens, including family members, to come and speak in support of his choice. It was a lesson in futility. Mayor Campbell seems dead set to continue beating this dead horse for some reason.

The Mayor does have a vote on the matter, but only one vote and his will not override the five council members.

Councilman Tommy Burton and Tyra Miller have given tried to reason with the Mayor to no avail. Mayor Campbell has not been able to give a single practical reason for his opposition. It makes one wonder just who the Mayor is listening to. It is not the town council. What is the real reason he is continuing his fight.

It would seem that if the Mayor wanted to go up against the town council it would be over something worth fighting for, not some silly walking trail. Mayor Campbell’s seemingly arrogant stance will make some begin to question his leadership ability. Is he really looking out for all of the town’s citizens, or a select few that truly have his ear?

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