Konop doubts voters will see charter in 2010Written by Michael Stainbrook | | firstname.lastname@example.org
With less than a month to collect more than 14,000 signatures, Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop said his charter for county government is unlikely to make it onto the November ballot.
Konop had set June 28 as a “drop-dead date” for circulating petitions. A lack of funding and support from the business community left Konop without the arsenal he needed to begin this process.
“I would say we’ve certainly come a long, long way in the past three months of discussion,” he said.
Commissioners Pete Gerken and Tina Skeldon Wozniak also presented plans that differed significantly from Konop’s proposal. Konop called Gerken’s plan for an elected committee to review the charter “disingenuous.”
“His idea from the beginning was a smoke screen and distraction,” Konop said. “The real alternative is to get a charter on the ballot.”
Konop’s plan also contrasted Skeldon Wozniak’s proposal to continue discussion for another year before putting the charter on the ballot. The commissioners were scheduled to decide on one of the three plans in mid-July.
“Her plan is so vague and lacking detail at this point that there’s nothing to put up for a vote,” Konop said.
Konop, who is not running for reelection this November, said he would be willing to work with leaders, such as former Corporation for Effective Government President Olivia Summons, to discuss future options.