The Norman Transcript

Opinion

August 25, 2013

Too late for Boren to take reins of Lindsey Street project

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NORMAN —

A larger ethical question looms, and that is OU thinking it can come into the conversation late in the game and make changes when voters have already spoken, the timeline would be ruined, no money has been appropriated to Boren’s requested changes, and the project is a project, not an OU plan. Who else out of the public came in and was accepted to speak about changes? Answer: No one.

And this week, Mayor Rosenthal asked if council should go into an executive session to talk about acquiring land for the roundabouts when council hasn’t yet met to vote on such action, or talked about it in any detail. This is a clear ethical problem that the mayor has brought upon herself. Councilmember Castleberry recused himself of a recent study session because some of his property may be taken in the Berry roundabout. Meanwhile, the mayor, a paid employee of OU, headed by President Boren, chaired a meeting where OU asked to steer major changes in their direction.

It is time to get on with the original plan, to honor what we voted for, and to monitor how the money will be spent on the new roadway and the Imhoff drainage system. If OU had a better plan, they should have gotten involved in the beginning, instead of asking for changes that go against a public decision, a legal vote, and a council-approved budget.

Barry McCarroll

Norman

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