David Rothschild’s wife Barbara appeared at the Muscogee County School Board’s work session to read a statement from her husband, who is ill.
In the statement, Rothschild asked the school board to consider three requests:
- That the board and the city adopt the Midtown Master Plan in its original form with public greenspace and the deletion of the proposed road behind the Columbus Public Library and the Natatorium.
- That the board and the city agree to develop the public greenspace only within a specified timeframe.
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- That both requests be accomplished by following standards for establishing public greenspace.
Rothschild states that if these requests are met, the lawsuit against the city would be moot and dismissed without prejudice.
Earlier this year, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned rulings by a local judge and the state appeals court, saying that Columbus residents have the right to sue the city over a park some say was promised at the library.
In the statement, Rothschild also asked the school board to request the library board to ask that the city council release the $1 million plus interest from the approximately $6.1 million originally remaining for the library project, to finance the first stage of the greenspace project.
The board did not take any immediate action on the statement.