2018-04-12 / Front Page

Community garden is a go

Washington’s community garden is back on go.

In a called meeting of the Washington City Council on Wednesday, April 11, Mayor Ames Barnett explained that Councilman Travis Armour had reconsidered his position on the proposed garden and asked for a new vote on the matter. Two days earlier, in Monday’s (April 9) regular meeting of the council, the measure failed to be approved as Armour abstained from voting and all three District One councilmen voted against it.

None of the District One councilmen attended the called meeting on Wednesday. Their objections were reported in The News-Reporter’s account of the regular meeting in its April 12 edition. Although at least one of them claimed no prior knowledge of the proposal, City Administrator Sherri Bailey produced a copy of an email concerning the community garden which was distributed to all council members more than two weeks earlier on March 22.

At the called meeting, Mayor Barnett said he had assured Armour that the proposed community garden would not interfere with any economic development opportunities at the Gordon Street property. Armour then agreed to support the effort.

Councilman Peewee Armour reported that he had heard from several people in support of the garden, and Councilman Mike Scarborough said he had received three telephone calls that morning from District One residents, all in support of the garden, even though he represents District Two.

City Planner Marcus Dill was in attendance at the called meeting and said, “This project is going to be great for the overall vision of the [Gordon Street] site. The Urban Redevelopment Authority members are excited about it. And I think having good people there will deter some of the bad people who are doing some of the vandalizing in that area.”

Those in attendance at the called meeting voted unanimously to proceed with the community garden.

Site preparation and layout will commence immediately with an official opening planned by May 1.

Complete information and details will be reported by The News-Reporter in upcoming editions both in print and online.

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