Pendleton Council Seeks Reimbursement, Respect
Basically, CPS was looking into selling some properties. Some of the property was green space, which the PNC didn’t want to give up. They figured if CPS sold it to commercial interests, the green space would be developed. Moreover, the city ignored their development plans and made sort of a backroom deal with 3CDC. So the PNC filed a lawsuit to stop the sale.
Now, according to recent City Council minutes, they want the city to reimburse their legal costs from funds from something called the Neighborhood Support Program. According to the NSP website, it is intended:
…to provide funds to community councils in support of neighborhood projects and activities. Many councils use these funds to assist with membership drives, publish newsletters, engage in beautification and clean-up activities, provide summer employment or cultural activities to neighborhood youth, and underwrite the cost of sending community leaders to workshops and other training and networking opportunities, among other things.
It’s clear that the PNC’s lawsuit is community-related, but individual residents had to put up money for the lawsuit (it’s not like Pendleton has a law department). Should it be allowed to recoup some of its legal costs?
And what about the issue of community autonomy? Is it not reasonable that Pendleton’s residents should have more say about their own community than a group of corporate executives who never set foot there?