When the public safety building was first approved, it included a plan for an access road that cut through Memorial Park across the field and walking paths. Ken Johnson, a frequent park visitor, knew this would degrade the quality of the park that so many of us have come to appreciate.

As a private citizen, Ken didn’t have any authority, but that didn’t stop him.  He met with the town manager and others to make a compelling argument for why the road needed to be relocated. Ken got other citizens involved, resulting in the town deciding on a new location for the road and limiting traffic to one-way emergency vehicles only. I highly doubt this improvement would have been made without his input.

Ken saw a problem and took the initiative to propose a solution. This is the kind of leadership and critical thinking we need on the Scarborough Town Council.

Chris Hayward