City needs to right the ship

Many individuals who were raised in Peoria, then moved away to either attend college or find a better job, returned in later years to find a growing city, one that expanded its borders beyond belief.
Those who chose to stay behind eventually made the decision to found the Peoria Arizona Historical Society. Through the generosity and  foresight of the City Council at that time, the buildings we know as the historical society display areas and museum belong to the city, which has leased them to the society for a nominal sum.
Historical society board members have changed over the years, and petty arguments have risen, causing a seemingly unbendable rift among two different factions. The action taken by some society members in 2017 to elect a new board of directors was seen as a betrayal by what the letter writer below implies.
Ken Johnson is one of the founders of the society, a tireless volunteer, a native of Peoria, a person of honesty and integrity. What you see is what you get with Ken. Yes, he is set in his ways, and more than once, he has been critical of articles published in this newspaper. But he has always been on board in support of his city and the historical society. He is a loyal friend to those whose moral beliefs are close to his own.
Now, he is angry and frustrated, and rightfully so. No litigation between the city and the “old” historical society board of directors should be the deciding factor for a veteran’s request to reclaim his military items for a display table at an honor breakfast. A call to both parties’ attorneys in the litigation should  have been made by  the city official handling the case. Both parties’ attorneys should have signed off on this one exception, regardless of how the litigation ends.
At this point, the city needs to assume the responsibility for bringing this situation to a swift conclusion. Bring the two parties together, iron out the differences. Let the hysterics cease on both sides. Get those museum and display buildings open and let history begin anew.

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