After some contentious politics, Johnson named all 13 members of the committee, breaking with precedent.
Keehn was the last mayor to appoint a committee to review the Comp Plan. She called the other day to clear up the debate about how many people she appointed.
Johnson said she had appointed 11 and each of the commissioners had appointed 1 each.
Keehn said that's not what happened. "It's incomprehensible to me why he wouldn't look up the info or just ask someone who was on the committee at the time," she said.
Of course, to be fair, I tried that. No one I talked to could remember with certainty (not even one of the commissioners who made the appointment). And I couldn't find it anywhere in the minutes, coverage of the City Council or in the Comp Plan they came up with.
It's clear Johnson didn't form the committee the way mayors before him had, though.
Johnson started forming the committee in November. It was in The Saratogian a couple times, but he never communicated directly to the other members of the City Council that the committee formation was underway.
Keehn said when she was mayor, the first thing she did when forming the comp plan committee was request recommendations from the City Council for who should be on the committee: She took two recommendations from each of the commissioners and she appointed the remaining seven seats.
"I didn't say 'Maybe I'll accept your appointments," she said, which is a contrast to Johnson's assertion that recommendations would have to come through him to get to the committee.
He also initially chose 11 names, said he wanted to keep the committee to 13 members, and suggested the commissioners choose someone he had already chosen to be on the committee.
Before Keehn, Ken Klotz (who formed a committee in 2000) appointed five members of the committee and let each of the commissioners appoint one as well. He told me he based that on previous precedent.
Klotz's plan was the last to be adopted. Johnson said Keehn's plan "died on the vine," the committee did, in fact, generate a plan — it was just never voted on.
The required vote of the City Council for adoption would have come when Johnson was in office. It just didn't.
"He probably tossed it in his garbage can," Keehn said.
She said she considered it "an insult" to the work and time the 15-member committee had put in that the plan was never voted on.
"I'd like to know specifically why he decided it wasn't worth him even looking at," she said.
Johnson has not yet returned calls looking for comment. I'll add his comments to the story when I hear back from him.
And while Keehn say's Johnson "probably tossed (the Comp Plan) in his garbage can," someone kept it and here it is: