Radnor Lake State Natural Area supporters are bemoaning the loss of park manager Mike Carlton, who recently resigned after state officials tried to transfer him. It’s the latest in a series of heavy-handed, environmentally unfriendly moves at the state Department of Environment and Conservation, headed by political appointee and former state Sen. Milton Hamilton. Those involved with Radnor have noted that Carlton, a well-regarded environmentalist, has been at odds with state administrators over a host of issues. While not representing the disagreement with the most moral weight, one of those clashes came over Carlton’s preference to keep soft drink vending machines out of Radnor for fear of littering the natural area. State officials insisted, and now Radnor has the machines. “We’re pretty sad about it,” Friends of Radnor Lake president Jim Vines says of Carlton’s departure.
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Opponents of state ring road 840 are preparing more legal briefs after being hit this week with an unfavorable state Court of Appeals ruling. It overruled Williamson County Chancellor Russ Heldman, who had issued an injunction stopping construction on a stretch of the controversial road. At the time, Heldman said that the state had demonstrated "abuse of power." A state Supreme Court appeal is expected.
Mayor Bill Purcell has enjoyed perhaps the least rancorous administration in modern history. But for how long? Several Metro Council members have noted that the audit-happy Purcell has shaved only $2.1 million in waste from the city’s $1 billion budget, less than the $2.6 million the city paid for those audits. The administration, however, says the savings will continue over time.
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