NEW ALBANY —
After learning that Zurschmiede had attended meetings after McLaughlin’s choices were announced, Councilman Dan Coffey called in January for a vote to reaffirm Blair and Gonder as the choices.
A message left for Zurschmiede seeking comment hadn’t been returned as of press time Monday.
Gonder said the Horseshoe Foundation has handled the matter poorly, and added he’s passed that message along to organization officials.
“I’m not going to knock another council member, but I think the board made a mistake in not listening to the wishes of the council,” Gonder said when asked if Zurschmiede should attend the meetings.
“I recognize that independent is not a party, but I don’t think it was anticipated when those bylaws were written that an independent would be elected.”
Among its tasks, the Horseshoe Board reviews and votes on funding requests for projects and initiatives which are footed through riverboat money.
Gonder said some issues the board deals with are political in nature, but that not every matter is. He added he wouldn’t support appointing two Democrats to the board from the council, as he believes there should be balance on the body.
“It could easily be avoided or rectified by just saying that no one political party will have a monopoly of seats,” Gonder said.