Scott's access to NCCo unveiled : Ex-Exec Clark's wife accused of improper influence
By Adam Taylor and Maureen Milford
The News Journal, February 17, 2013
Days before then County Executive Chris Coons triumphantly announced a compromise for two controversial real estate projects in the heart of Delaware's wealthiest neighborhood, land-use attorney Pam Scott was busy rewriting the letter Coons planned to send to concerned citizens in September 2010.
"Today, I am happy to announce that after several meetings with representatives of the community and the developer, Stoltz Real Estate Partners has graciously agreed to revise its plans for the Greenville Center and Barley Mill Plaza by reducing the building heights and densities associated with both projects," one version of the letter said.
The word "graciously" did not make the final cut, and, because the document may have been passed between the county and the Stoltz attorney several times, it is unclear how much of Scott's revisions made their way to the Sept. 22 announcement Coons sent to constituents. But the fact that Scott was allowed to edit Coons' speech; that she drafted a secret agreement between the county and the developer that the county didn't sign, yet most of which came to pass; and the fact that the county did not turnover all documents requested through the discovery process in its lawsuit over Barley Mill Plaza against Save Our County citizens' group illustrates the extent of Scott's access to county business. Sid Liebesman, a private attorney representing newly elected County Executive Tom Gordon, said that raises serious ethical questions about how the county handled Stoltz projects. "There is a possibility that the documents evidence an …"
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