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October 26, 2012

Making their LHD case

Mayor pushes for compromise as public tries to sway panel


But it was unclear how many listeners agreed with the mayor’s call for compromise.

Stating that many residents evidently are suspicious of a commission that would have power over property owners, she said she would name a small panel to come up with a blue-ribbon list of commission candidates.

“We can create an effective, fair commission,” she said. “We will have a mix of members.

“This LHD Study Committee has worked very hard, and I hate to see all that effort be lost.”

Formed in 2007, the study committee produced a proposed ordinance that would create a district to include the downtown business sector as well as High Street and other historic avenues in the heart of the city.

The City Council, not the voters, will decide whether to accept the ordinance. City officials say a super-majority of eight members (if all 11 councilors are present) must vote in favor of the ordinance for passage.

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