Former Columbus planning board members seek apology before serving again

Published 1:27 pm Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The five-member board has had at most three members, and only twice have all three attended a meeting, which is required for a quorum.

Former members Joanne Scoggins and Mary Shambaugh said they&squo;d listen to council on Thursday, but couldn&squo;t make any promises last week.

&dquo;When I got voted off the planning board I was really hurt,&dquo; Scoggins said. &dquo;I don&squo;t know if I can get over it, but I can pray about it.&dquo;

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Shambaugh also said she&squo;d be willing to listen, but &dquo;it was a slap in the face that we were just put aside.&dquo;

Former member Ernie Kan said she feels like council needs to apologize before and there needs to be some peace about the situation.

&dquo;That needs to be smoothed out, otherwise, I don&squo;t think anything can be worked out,&dquo; Kan said.

Council member Michael Gage said last week that he still likes the idea of having two boards, but council did not decide how to proceed. Some officials said because of the difficulty in finding Columbus residents to serve, one board might have to do both planning and zoning duties.

The town council meeting Thursday begins at 7 p.m. at Columbus Town Hall. If former planning board members are unable to attend because of the short notice, council members say another meeting may be scheduled to discuss the issue.