Fraser-Winter Park merger issue best tabled until after the election
February 8, 2008
Sometimes, deciding not to make a decision can be the right choice ” better, by far, than rushing into the wrong decision.
Winter Park Town Council did the right thing Tuesday night by tabling a discussion about the future merger of Fraser and Winter Park.
This month, candidates will be out gathering signatures for several empty council seats in both Winter Park and Fraser ” including a mayor’s seat in Fraser.
So many seats are open ” four in Fraser and four in Winter Park ” that after April’s election the face and mindset of those two councils could be changed drastically.
And even if the new or incumbent councilors continue to follow the path already started toward a merger of the two towns, it wouldn’t be fair to already have committed those people to the task.
In January, the two towns agreed that the best way to go about the merger would be to annex Fraser into Winter Park.
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A committee of appointees will be formed to explore the legalities involved in taking that annexation before the voters.
The committee will most likely be comprised of three councilors from each council ” totaling six.
On Tuesday night, a resolution to form the committee was postponed by the Winter Park council until after the election.
This was logistically and logically in everyone’s best interest and was one decision in this process that could ensure its future success.
When the issue is revisited, we encourage the future council to follow current Winter Park councilor Chris Seemann’s suggestion to include community members on this committee.
The more interests represented in this process, the more likely the annexation plan will best represent the will of the voters if and when it appears on the ballot.