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Citizens' Group Seeks To Recall 4 Upper Arlington City Council Members

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Four of Upper Arlington’s seven city council members might face a recall election.  On Friday a group of residents submitted 3,000 petition signatures to the county board of elections.  The group wants answers about the city’s Northam Park redevelopment plans. 

The group "Save Northam Park" wants the recall.  They say questions about the park's redevelopment by the city are going unanswered. OSU finance professor emeritus Stephen Buser says council originally planned to eliminate tennis courts, move ball fields and cut down trees.  But now he doesn't know where the plan stands.

"If we come to a meeting and we don't say exactly what they want to hear, we're divisive.  If we ask a question, we're divisive.  And we don't get answers," Buser says.

Following Friday's filing, a statement on behalf of council's John Adams, David DeCapua, Debbie Johnson and Kip Greenhill called the action 'radical and unprecedented."  It went on to express disappointment with the 'vocal activist group.'