by Sam Hieb
As the High Point Enterprise puts it, City Project leaders believe in the old saying ‘it ain’t over til it’s over’ in spite of the High Point City Council’s “radical changes” that have “marginalized” the organization:
But with November elections looming that could bring significant turnover to council, the redevelopment shake-up may not be set in stone.
City Project board member Aaron Clinard said he’s still hopeful council will entertain a compromise he’s proposed that he and others believe would give the organization more of a voice in redevelopment.
“That proposal could be tweaked. It could be altered or modified. Any new council could come in and change it,” said Clinard.
A new council could also reverse the action that shifted former City Project Executive Director Wendy Fuscoe to her new role with the city.
“It doesn’t look like there’s much of an opportunity to do that, but after the election, I suppose anything could happen,” said City Project Chairman Richard Wood. “They (council) are a pretty ruthless crowd up there, and it seems to me that they are trying to kill us.”
The question is whether or not City Project supporters recruited candidates to run for City Council with the hopes of –shall we say — demarginalizing the organization.
City Project board chairman Richard Wood says no; former Mayor and current City Council member Judy Mendenhall says yes.