Duluth Councilor taking heat from constituants

By KBJR News 1

Duluth Councilor taking heat from constituants

July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 7:46 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Duluth City Councilor Sharla Gardner, representing the Park Point District, is taking some heat from her constituents.

A group of park point citizens say Gardner has failed to support resident's concerns about safety and security and have a petition to get her recalled.

Several issues they say Gardner failed on include; keeping fire hall #5 open on the point, the city's small area plan, and the issue of opening up street ends for public access on the point.

Gardner says she has worked hard to keep the fire hall on the point open, even going as far as holding a rally outside the building encouraging Mayor Ness' administration to keep it open.

"I voted to save the fire hall and wrote and editorial. I still believe Park Point needs a fire hall," said Gardner.

Residents also say she has completely ignored their wishes when it came to the city's Small Area Plan.

"Most residents told Mrs. Gardner for over a year that the plan was seriously flawed, she soldiered on. The facts are that the canal park business association voted unanimously against the small area plan and the change of the S–Curve," said Michael Medlin, one of the organizers of the recall against Gardner.

Gardner has said she's tried to keep residents perspectives in mind when making these decisions and is going to continue working to do what is best for the community.

"It would have been easy for me to vote the way they wanted, but I truly didn't best it would be in the best interest of the community in the long run," said Gardner.

Some on the point are also mad about the city wanting to open up 16 beach access points on street ends.

"She wants people to choose which ones will be opened up. She is pitting one park pointer against another park pointer,"said Medlin.

Gardner says she hopes people have accurate information with the reguards to the reasons for wanting to recall her.

Residents need about 585 signatures on the petition for a recall.