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"We have not changed our plans at all," says Columbus vice president John Allums, who has been the company's point man on the cemetery development and has met several times with area residents. "We've taken this plan through all the necessary city departments and satisfied the staff. There's no reason for the council not to approve us."
Allums, noticeably frustrated by the opposition's continuing complaints, says he has not been contacted by Lill or any other council member about a compromise with the Friends. "We're always willing and ready to talk to these people. We feel like we're trying everything."
Crews puts a finer point on it.
"It's a free country, and it's their right to fight against something they oppose. But the fact is, this land is private property. Columbus got it. It's going to be developed by someone, sometime. And Columbus has a track record of doing good work in the neighborhood."
Friends' attorney Young, however, says his clients don't see it quite that way. If the City Council votes in support of Columbus, the group has yet another option to explore.
"We'll proceed in due course with a court petition to reverse Judge Tyson's order to decertify [the cemetery land]. It isn't over.