Mayor John Quinn announced Tuesday, Oct. 5 that he was resigning as chair of the town’s Parks and Greenways Committee. Quinn had sparred with council members in recent weeks about the location of a park.
“Over the last months, I had been growing increasingly frustrated as I realized that we were not going to be allowed to pursue our council approved committee agenda and plans for a partnership with the public schools,” Quinn wrote. “I believe parks should be for the benefit of the people and that we should use our park plan to guide us to place parks first where they will benefit the greatest number of residents.”
Since debating the idea over several meetings, discussions between the town and Union County Public Schools about a partnership have fell silent.
Quinn had opposed the council creating the first park, ‘Crossing Paths’, across from town hall, favoring a more residential area, farther from the downtown. At the Sept. 28 meeting, town council members stated they would support placing a larger, 60 plus acre park in the residential area, as the plan called for. The smaller ‘pocket park’ fit better in the downtown setting, they felt.