YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A public meeting of the Concerned Citizens for Mill Creek MetroParks was held Monday night at First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown.
This is the second meeting that the group has held. The group has called for the removal of Mill Creek Park Executive Director Aaron Young, as well as the rehiring of several employees who were laid off at the park earlier this year.
The meeting was organized by Judy Peyko and run by Jeff Harvey, president of the Audubon Society.
Harvey said the meeting was designed to fill people in on the latest developments between the group and the Park Board.
Concerned Citizens for Mill Creek MetroParks attended the last Park Board meeting to relay their concerns about the management of the park.
“I think the more people that you have show up, the more the Park Board will realize the importance of the issues that we’re presenting to them,” Harvey said.
Discussed during Monday’s meeting was the number of park commissioners, as well as State Rep. John Boccieri’s proposal to have the County Commissioners select future Park Board members and not Probate judges.
Most — if not all at the meeting — support the firing of Metro Parks Executive Director Aaron Young because of the way he recently handled the lay offs of 15 people.
“The man humiliated his employees in public. He embarrassed his board, and in turn, embarrassed the judge. To me, that is not a mark of a true leader,” said former Park Commissioner Ginny Dailey.
Others said they want the entire MetroParks Board replaced.
“So instead of harping on Aaron Young. Let’s get rid of them all and start a clean slate. I call for a bloodless coup. It’s the only way to get things going in the right direction,” said Eric Wells of Youngstown.
“We need to come up with a plan so that this current Park Commission Board is replaced,” said Kathleen Berry of Youngstown.
Everyone in attendance was given papers — one of which showed the positions that were going to be eliminated — a decision which the papers show was made before voters passed a park levy in November.
The meeting ended with everyone being encouraged to attend the next Mill Creek MetroParks Board meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. April 11 at the MetroParks office in Canfield.