Yesterday, we posted Penny Clark’s letter to Mayor Don Ness, announcing her resignation from the Duluth Duluth Heritage Preservation Commission. Today, Ness responded with the following letter…
>>> Don Ness 9/22/2010 1:24 PM >>>
I am very sorry to hear of your resignation.Â You have contributed your time, experience, and passion for many years on behalf of the city.Â I value and appreciate your service.
Clearly the relationship between the city and the commission needs to improve.Â I am hopeful that it will.Â By focusing on direct, pro-active, and solution-minded discussions about preservation issues we should be able to avoid the problems of the recent past.Â We need to find a way to resolve our differences respectfully and look for common solutions.Â Too often, I saw both sides who refused to budge and who used the media to advocate for their perspective – over time, it wreaks working relationships.Â Unfortunately, for those reasons the relationship was damaged and now needs to be fixed.
It is my hope that the HPC will be interested in re-establishing a constructive relationship.Â I can assure you that’s my goal.Â With a similar commitment from the HPC, the City stands ready to turn the page and to work on making positive progress to meet our preservation goals in Duluth.
On behalf of the citizens of Duluth, thank you for your service.