Commissioner Terry Marecki: Hines Park proposal needs full, open discussion

Wayne County Commissioner Terry Marecki penned an op/ed column published on about Mill Run and the discussion about the fate of the mills.

Hometown Life: There is currently a proposal in Wayne County that would allow for the sale of dilapidated mills to developers to be turned into restaurants, coffee shops, etc. I am not, today, advocating one way or another for this proposal. I am advocating simply for proper discussion and review. These historic mills have sat for decades and have been inaccessible to the public. If there is a path to rehabilitate and preserve them in a way the public can enjoy, it is worthy of our time and attention.

The end result may be the commission rejecting or approving the sale of two of these mills. Or we compromise with the executive's office an an alternative path. But either way, we would be doing Wayne County residents a disservice to not at least vet and discuss the plan. Public officials, in good conscience, cannot make educated decisions without fully analyzing the proposals before them. And if we are public advocating for or against the proposal before the proper vetting has been completed, we are serving no one's best interests.

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