I am writing in response to the article “Aspinwall: Plan for Freeport Road Rescinded” (April 14, LocalXtra section).
An uninformed reader could be excused for believing, after reading this article, that Councilman Mark Ellermeyer “saved” Aspinwall residents from the The Mosites Co.’s request for an Eastern Avenue entrance road to its riverside development. If the story, as reported, is wholly true, then Mr. Ellermeyer must have recently undergone an experience to rival St. Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus.
Last February, Mr. Ellermeyer published an “Open Letter” in which he offered his full-throated support for the developer’s highly unpopular request for an access road at Eastern Avenue. Unlike other council members, Mr. Ellermeyer supported the developer’s request even though The Mosites Co. had yet to submit any concrete proposal. “My beliefs are not subject to debate,” he defiantly declared. “They are what I believe.” It is shocking to think that an elected official could definitively make up his mind, about such an important matter, based upon incomplete and inadequate information.
From the beginning of this controversy, Mr. Ellermeyer has reflexively sided with the developer against the interests of the residents he purportedly represents. During council meetings, Mr. Ellermeyer has frequently berated and bullied borough residents who dared to ask pointed questions about the developer’s proposal. The behavior Mr. Ellermeyer has repeatedly exhibited in public, in this writer’s view, should disqualify him from holding elective office.
On May 16, Aspinwall Democrats will choose four candidates to run for borough council in November. If they wish to elect people who will work to safeguard the interests of Aspinwall’s residents, and not advocate on behalf of a private developer, they would be well-advised to vote for four of the five other Democrats in the race and to allow Mr. Ellermeyer to gracefully retire from public office.
DAVID C. BROWN
The writer, a registered Democrat, is running for mayor and for Aspinwall council.