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Friday, April 29, 2005

Rockinberg quits Mount Airy planning commission by Carolynne Fitzpatrick

Rockinberg quits Mount Airy planning commission

Apr. 28, 2005 Carolynne Fitzpatrick Staff Writer

Pat Rockinberg resigned from the Mount Airy Planning and Zoning Commission effective Wednesday, April 20, after a lot of thought and regret, he said Thursday.

"One of my goals when I joined the commission was to promote...constructive dialogue," Rockinberg said. "I feel that I have been unable to meet that goal."

"I'm sorry to see him go," Mayor James Holt said Friday. "But if that's what's best for him, it's as it should be."

Planning Commission Chair Joe Jansen Monday thanked Rockinberg for his service. "Anybody who spends a day or ten years in this job deserves gratitude and recognition," Jansen said.

Council President John Medve, liaison to the planning and zoning commission, was also sorry to see Rockinberg resign, but for other reasons. "I think it's a shame," he said. "In my opinion he's responsible for making a commitment to serve, he should fulfill that obligation."

Rockinberg cited differences of opinions over how to control residential growth as a reason for his resignation.

"There are issues we didn't agree on," Medve said, adding that disagreements and discussions are healthy for decision making. Medve said that while there might have been "friction," that Rockinberg alluded to in his letter, "he never picked up the phone and called to talk about it."

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