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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Y files the appeal

In the appeal, YMCA representatives claim that Shaffer had a conflict of interest and should not have voted on the issue during a council meeting on Oct. 7.
“Specifically, Ms. Shaffer was the executor of her parents' estate that sold the parcel to be rezoned by the YMCA,” according to the appeal filed by attorneys Mark Sorice and Bernard Matthews Jr.
Shaffer, on behalf of her late mother's estate, sold two properties for $170,000 in May 2010 to the YMCA, according to deed transfers on file at the courthouse.
The YMCA argues that Shaffer knew that the Y intended to seek council's approval to rezone the properties from a residential to a commercial designation, according to the appeal. She “voiced her approval of the parking lot use and had previously expressed her intention to persuade her fellow council members to vote in favor of the rezoning,” it says.
The vote on Oct. 7 was 4-3 against the YMCA, with Shaffer casting a “no” vote.

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