Printed in the Sentinel & Enterprise
I believe elected officials have a responsibility to act on behalf of their constituents, and throughout my eight years as a city councilor I've worked hard to fulfill that responsibility. My recent vote on a requested zoning change reflected overwhelming opposition from the residents of the surrounding neighborhood.
My vote was not about the property owner, but about the 107 neighbors who voiced their concerns about the change.
Quite simply, I was never convinced that the concerns of those neighbors who would be most affected were ever fully addressed.
That's why I joined three other city councilors in voting no.
I certainly understand Mayor Dean Mazzarella's disappointment, but the zoning change fell short of the seven votes needed.
This project is not in the best interest of the city.
Susan Chalifoux Zephir City Councilor
At Large City of Leominster