Group of Loveland residents calling for mayor's resignation

Group of Loveland residents calling for mayor's resignation
Published: Apr. 12, 2017 at 2:05 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2017 at 1:46 PM EDT
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LOVELAND, OH (FOX 19) - A group of Loveland residents created an online event calling for the resignation of Mayor Mark Fitzgerald.

At Tuesday night's council meeting the fire marshal had to keep some people in the hallway because it was a capacity crowd at City Hall.

It was a very opinionated group when it came to a bevy of changes the city has made, with a couple people calling for the resignation of Fitzgerald

"We encourage rigorous debate and even when it's uncomfortable because that's part of our process," Fitzgerald said.

During the open forum, residents used it as an opportunity to voice concerns on the mayor from the Farmers Market, to changes in community events, to the re-purposing of City Hall.

"It's not anger, what it is we've got a government that's not being transparent with us," resident Neal Oury said.

Residents said a plan for a new City Hall came to them in a community newsletter back in January, but they hadn't received word prior.

The city said the change is one project in a much larger cohesive plan for downtown.

"City council at its planning and goal setting session… the early part of 2016 established it as such and actually passed legislation so that it's been on the books for over a year," Fitzgerald said.

"I found out through all my paper work and all my appealing there's no corporate resolutions, there's no motions, there's no ordinances… nothing to approve what he's doing," Oury said.

The transparency, or lack there of according to Oury, is why the resident is calling a second time for the resignation of the mayor.

"His job is to listen to what the residents have to say and do what's right for the city and if you can't do it… If you can't listen the whole thing is over with," he said.

"They really want the openness and transparency that they're not getting today. So, we on council have to be more open and more transparent. My seat, I try to do the best I can but it takes everybody to get that done," Loveland Council member Rob Weisgerber said.

One of the largest points of contention between residents and council was a vendor fee for those selling goods at the Loveland Farmers Market.

The fees started at $500 per vendor, they have since been reduced to $50, but the battle is still on-going.

As far as the mayor's chair is concerned, he doesn't plan on going anywhere and said he will continue to encourage rigorous debate.

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