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December 30, 2006

Chamber of Commerce members and officials argued that although the city's efforts to address traffic congestion and alleged overdevelopment were laudable, the trip-based model was only one approach and the possible negative financial impacts had not been taken into account.

Criticism also surfaced that city officials were trying to ramrod a proposed general land-use plan without adequately discussing the ramifications of some elements of the proposal, including the TIMS standards.

But city officials countered that there was no rush to adopt the land-use plan, which will lay out a blueprint for development over the next 20 years, and decided at its July 27 meeting to further analyze the traffic-based standard before putting the plan into place.

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Analysis was launched into the economic value of projects that are acceptable under today's standards compared to the potential value to the economy of projects that would be developed within the traffic-based development model.

Outside land-use and traffic consultants are also being consulted to assess the feasibility of the city's proposed models.

City employee gets convicted for stealing

7 Long-time city employee Jolene Elliot's conviction in November on felony embezzlement charges followed three months of outrage and disbelief from Boy Scout parents and leaders.

Elliot, 44, pleaded no contest to stealing $10,000 from Boy Scout Troop 210 between Jan. 24, 2004, and April 17, 2006, during her tenure as troop treasurer.

Elliot, who has worked for the city for 25 years, was sentenced to three years of probation in lieu of a two-year prison sentence. She also received 100 hours of mandated community service hours and full restitution to Troop 210.

Some who were involved with the Scouts were not satisfied with what they considered a lax sentence, especially in light of the fact that Elliot is alleged to have taken funds from the Scouts beyond $10,000, a charge that cannot be filed due to a three-year statute of limitations. But Judge Patrick Hegarty's sentence reflected the fact that Elliot had no criminal record.

After her arrest, Elliot was moved from her position in the City Clerk's office to the Recycling Center. She is still currently on the books as a city employee, but the future of her employment is under investigation. The city has maintained that Elliot's was always supervised during her involvement in city elections as a municipal records clerk.

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