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ANC president bans pair from meeting

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Rumors of a dust-up at the most recent Austin Neighborhoods Council meeting reached the Austin Monitor‘s offices last week. Sources said that Realtor Frank Harren and developer David Whitworth had been “barred” from the meeting for speaking out against ANC President Mary Ingle at a recent CodeNEXT meeting. Both sides see the conflict as fallout from recent ethics allegations filed by Ingle against Land Development Code Revision Advisory Group member Melissa Neslund. (The city’s Ethics Review Commission dismissed the charges against Neslund last month.) Ingle told the Monitor that although the two had been prevented from attending the meeting, it was with good reason. “I wasn’t going to put up with any bad behavior,” said Ingle. She said that while Harren had attended meetings in the past, Whitworth had not. Ingle stressed that though ANC meetings are open to the public, they are not city-sponsored events. The situation could be rectified, Ingle added, if the two apologized in writing and promised to refrain from personal attacks.

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