Despite Councilman Greg Lemhouse's recent, and totally false assertions to the Petitioners and the public that: “You know very well all questions about the Plaza have been answered, many times,” Dennis Slattery is on record last September 5th, 2013, as telling one citizen petitioner, in a public email, concerning the Plaza creation process:
“….I have said from the very beginning I have no interest in your (the Petitioners') issues with how this was done, the process and your characterization of the work…”
PROP: Finally, at least this is one point on which Dennis Slattery and the Petitioners can finally agree: The council majority and Mr. Kanner have all refused to answer many questions about “the process" of the Plaza creation.
Ever since the Plaza's creation over a period of months in 2012 and early 2013, many questions surrounding the creation of the Plaza from hundreds of Ashland citizens have been meet with a stonewall of silence from the council majority, meaning Dennis Slattery, Greg Lemhouse, Pam Marsh, Rich Rosenthal, and Mike Morris. As if taking a cue from Dennis, the council majority have all flatly refused, to address Plaza creation issues, and to respond to the following questions:
• Why does the council majority maintain that 13 public meetings were held to create the Plaza’s form, when the blueprint for the Plaza, CoveePardee “Plan B,” was only shown for the first time to the public on June 21st, 2012? People in attendance say it was announced on July 9th, at the start of the second, and last, Public Access meeting, that “Plan B” was the chosen Plaza plan.
PROP: Therefore only one public access meeting was held before the basic Plaza's form we see today was chosen. The three plans shown to the public on July 21st, were very similar. And most all suggestions for improvements to the plan, were ignored. The form of the Plaza was foisted upon the public, there were no substantial choices about the look and feel of the Plaza offered to us.
• On what date did each of councilor become aware that dark gray pavers were slated for the Plaza? Some of you councilors must have known well in advance of the date they were seen on the Plaza. Yet you kept silent, or have given evasive answers.** Why?
• Why did the council majority allow salmon pavers to be shown to the public and press in official online renderings and printed documents, labeled: “OFFICIAL PLAZA COLOR RENDERINGS,” for 9 months, even after it was decided on Sept 26, 2012, that gray pavers were the color of choice for the Plaza, Mr. Kanner's explanations of "software limitations" for the default salmon paver color, have been discredited by a hired CAD expert. Gray was assigned to many areas of that CAD drawing, just look at the renderings."
PROP: There were no "software limitations" preventing this according to our expert, Travis Scott.* Gray color could have easily been assigned to the pavers as well. Mr. Scott's comments were posted here months ago.
Mr. Lemhouse and Mr. Slattery appear to be at direct odds with each others' comments. Calls for clarification have gone unanswered by both of them.
Citizens have a right to expect and receive honest, straightforward answers from their elected representatives concerning all Public Works projects. The council majority's silence on these issues is troubling.
PROP: Councilors, will you answer our questions?
*Travis Scott, CGFM, CGAP, MM, CM, (ICPM Certified Manager), CGFM (Certified Government Financial Manager),
CGAP (Certified Government Auditing Professional,
MM (Master in Management), Certified Mediator
Travis Scott on Plaza CAD renderings:
Note over 14 colors are shown. Gray, or any color, not just salmon, could easily have been used for pavers. Therefore Mr. Kanner's comment that software limitations forced the use of Salmon for pavers, is false.
PROP: Then City staffers claimed Plaza rendering didn't show the actual colors. But we plainly see: Gray for street, Green for Plants and Salmon for pavers. For over 9 months, these official color renderings were shown to the public and press as representations of what the Plaza would look like. Showing renderings of salmon pavers to the public for 9 months is the same as promising them.
**When asked when he first became aware of the gray pavers, Dennis Slattery commented: "I never would have chosen that color gray."
PROP: That is an evasive answer, not a direct answer.
A similiar question to councilman Lemhouse evoked: "I always assumed the pavers would be gray."
PROP: Again, an evasive answer, not a direct answer.
NO other member of the council majority would comment, except for Mike Morris, who simply said: "They were supposed to have been salmon color."