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Comp Plan Committee to vote on 'concept'

Multiple drafts were a hot topic at two public hearings held by the committee in the past few months. Some residents inquired about language that was omitted from one of the drafts that recommended Saratoga Lake as an alternative city water source. It appeared in drafts prior to the July 31 public hearing, was omitted and has since been put back in.

Boyd said the language was taken out for political gain, specifically for that of Mayor Valerie Keehn. "These are friends of the mayor trying to pander to people who may not want to go to Saratoga Lake for water," he said.

Boyd lost the Democratic primary election to Keehn by a considerable margin and has been on the opposite side of the mayor's push for charter revision. He said this isn't sour grapes on his part, pointing to the fact that he was appointed to the Comprehensive Planning Committee before the charter revision effort began and long before the mayoral race.

Keehn could not be reached before press time, but Choy said, as did committee vice-chair Nancy Goldberg at the July 31 meeting, that the omission was not deliberate.

"The omission of Saratoga Lake"we added that back," Choy said. "That was clearly an editing, proofreading mistake. We've added it back and we haven't changed it since."

Choy reiterated the need to move on the plan, even in its unfinished state, noting that the City Council will have to hold at least one public hearing on the comprehensive plan before its adoption.

"I'm not sure how much more public comment we need before take action," said Choy. "Just because something is unpopular to some doesn't mean we can delay it indefinitely by hearing more public comment."

Boyd said he will not vote on anything at the Dec. 5 meeting. He said he feels the committee has taken too long to do too little. "This plan is late and premature at the same time."

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