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January 11, 2009

A Message From the President of COTI January 2009 Check out our new website features : A '' Recent News '' Area so you can find out the latest Each Committee wi th a Separate Page so you can see the details of what each committee is doing . An Archive Area for Emails as well as Documents so if you miss something , you''ll be able to find it on our website . Another way to '' Contact Us '' and provide comments . Dear Carol and Tom , Many thanks to all of you who emailed and / or personally addressed City Council this past Tuesday concerning the reappointment of Planning Commission members David Berger and Phil Marks . Despite this strong showing of support and the fact that all comments from those in attendance were in favor of both these candidates , Council voted not to renew the term of David Berger . We were very disappointed in this decision . Here are two import ant facts we think our members should be made aware of : · David Berger''s reappointment was opposed by Marty Harrity , Kevin Ruane , and Jim Jennings ; · Before the vote , there was a request that each Councilor explain the reasons for their cho ices - they declined to do so ! We believe this action is contrary to the spirit of open government and a disservice to the large number of citizens who took the time to attend the meeting . We should all be concerned about the effect this event may eventually have on the sanctuary quality of our Island . We are monitoring this situation closely as well as developments regarding the upcoming City Council election in March . We will keep you informed . Thanks again for your continuing sup port . Send an Email directly to a committee chairperson . Find Out More At : Sincerely . John Harries , President of COTI

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