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City of Willow Park's P&Z Chairman resigns amid controversy

February 16, 2010 by Lori Cope

Following a 40-minute debate on whether to disband the City of Willow Park’s seven-member Planning and Zoning Commission or take other action to address the “insubordinate attitudes” that have reportedly been coming from the commission, P&Z Chairman Marvin Glasgow verbally stated his resignation to the Willow Park City Council during last night’s city council meeting.

While the meeting’s agenda posted discussion and action on the matter early in the meeting, Willow Park Mayor Ken Hawkins moved the item to the meeting’s end. The matter was not discussed until after 11 p.m.

Opening the discussion on the matter, Hawkins said he had lost confidence in the commission’s leadership. He cited several comments and addresses to the council in recent months that were inflammatory, derogatory, and inaccurate.

Councilman Hale Alderman added, “This is a very difficult situation for us to be in. I respect the authority of our mayor and the authority of this council. It grieves me to hear from a committee, appointed by this council, to be as critical, regardless if founded or not.”

Most of the council members agreed with the mayor’s suggestion to disband the group, with the possibility of re-establishing it later. One alternative was for the mayor to call for resignations from some members; another was to give the commission another month to make its own attitude adjustments.

Glasgow was present during the council’s discussion and offered his resignation as the council was making the vote to discontinue discussion of the matter. The motion to discontinue discussion failed, allowing Glasgow an opportunity to voice is resignation.

“I know this is aimed at me. … You want me out, and for the sake of the P&Z, I will resign,” Glasgow said. “I know you think nothing but a trouble maker, and that’s okay. So for the sake of the P&Z and the council, I resign effective immediately.”

“This addresses the leadership … but with the dynamics that are occurring, there are other resignations I look to receive,” Hawkins said.

Glasgow said he would ask for the resignation of another member, David Carlisle, to satisfy the council.

The council agreed to resolve the matter with the resignations and not disband the P&Z Commission.

For the full story, see Friday’s edition of The Community News.

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