Sunday, November 27, 2005
Well, It's a Done Deal
Councilperson Compora has made the paper a few times lately, on purpose and not-so-on-purpose. I can only hope that Ms. Compora will put her personal feelings aside and represent the city and its citizens respectfully and professionally as she was re-elected to do. It may help to remind her that 2,320 citizens did not vote for her re-election so perhaps she could be mindful of the rest of the city's citizens who are not her neighbors.
The last council meeting seemed a little more subdued. One piece of business they discussed a little and then voted on was the $700,000 bonding issue that the DDA "recommended." I have a bad feeling about the DDA's "recommendation" to put the DDA in debt for 20 years when have not seen a financial statement in around two years. It seems odd to me that seemingly responsible business people would commit the taxpayers to such a large debt without seeing the books and just taking the word of the mayor and our city staff that its OK.
It also seems a little odd to me that the projects proposed didn't make the top of the list of the suggested projects in the mayor's community visioning process that was held last April. Know what was number one? Parking deck. (A close second was an upscale restaurant - well, that's just about to come true - in spite of, not because of the city.) So, if the community's input was important and the participating citizens were truly thinking of their hopes and dreams and expectations for our downtown (and the "evil" merchants were hopelessly outnumbered) why are we going into debt for these particular projects?
The project that I have the most problem with is the Altrusa Park expense. This is a little park that will accomodate about 50 people or so on a good day and they want to put in bathrooms (they'll have to be handicap accessible, of course) which will take up even more space and will they be locked or unlocked and who's cleaning them? (How are we doing with the bathrooms at St. Mary's Park regarding accessibility and cleanliness right now, by the way?)
This project reminds me of a teenage boy with his first car who puts all his money into a cool paint job and a stereo instead of making sure he's got the money for the next car payment and insurance.
Oh, and since the City (Port of Monroe) is now the happy owner of the old United Furniture building on E. First perhaps they could consider putting the public bathrooms inside that building instead where perhaps it could be more accessible and user-friendly (especially in the winter).
So tell me again how much economic development this particular project is bringing to downtown to warrant such a large financial commitment for so many years? Wouldn't a parking deck to address the community's parking negatives about downtown investment be a little more appropriate and beneficial to encourage investment than another "cute" cosmetic project? Do you want to invest your life savings in a business in downtown because the DDA/City dumped a quarter of a million bucks to dress up that little hole in the wall (I thought our professional planners don't like holes in the buildingscape?) or would you feel better about the city finally seriously addressing parking with the expected tax income from the MB&T project?
Altrusa Park, such that it is right now, was developed as a project by the non-profit service group. Why couldn't it be possible to partner with them and/or other non-profits and interested parties to improve that area?
Why can't we work together in this community instead of bouncing off of each other?
Linda may have read some letters to the Editor of the Monroe Evening News by Douglas Rousselo, Cindi Shankle, R.N. and Jenna Denher two of which assumed that I was hostile to helicopters flying over our house. These assumptions are totally false and that made made clear in Charlie Slat’s excellent article which requires three months of excellent investigative reporting. Charles article was written clearly in plain English. It stated that I had no objections to helicopters flying over our home. Dislike for the helicopters as an advertisement for other hospitals was stated by Dan Wakeman. The writer agrees with Mr. Wakeman on all points. I do hope that nurse Shankle does a better job of reading patents orders than the newspaper!
Let me say that John Iacoangeli was a decent Mayor. Unlike some of his predecessors, his administration turned down a liquor license for a non conforming store in a residential neighborhood. City Government got my attention when Clarks Market was converted form a non conforming grocery to a liquor store. Would you like to know how Mullin’s Market became Anthony’s Party Store – I would. Someone had to lie when filling out the paperwork because is site is zoned residential.
Indeed, some projects ought to be put on hold such as the street reconfiguration at Front and Third as well as Altrusa Park. We need to see where we stand and what is required to reduce taxes.
I know bumpouts can challenge fire trucks and engines. I do wonder if the one in Mason Run Development meets all codes to house a high-voltage transformer vault.
David Alkire Smith the Elder
Oops, probably nobody’s there.
Why not a merchant that they are downtown to frequent?
Where is this park I keep hearing about? I can think of a few vacant lots, but where is there a park?
Something Wicked This Way Comes...
(just remember to play nice, you are being monitored).
Linda is now learning the hard way how Councilperson Wetzel felt for the last two years.
Linda has every right to go into council lounge at anytime. Why does she act like a two year old and go running to the parent aka Debbie to break it up? Doesn't she have enough confidence to intervene on her own behalf? She needs to cry to Debbie and the Non-partisan Monroe Evening News?
By my calculations Linda did not win a majority of the vote in the last election. Lets recall her - I assume those who voted against her would support such a move.
I for one would like someone in that seat who can understand the issues at hand, and has a little maturity.
Did you expect ANYTHING else from Lady Compora?
She makes bigger stinks than IKO. But God love her, she will make the next two years something to talk about! Just as the CCC thought they had it sewn up, our heroine comes on the scene to rattle their cages and turn the focus of any assemblance of a meeting on HERSELF! Vive La Linda!
And what better way to do so than to drag the backdoor gang out front and center! Speaking of recalling her? HOW APPALLING! That's Entertainment!
Not that I am defending the others, we all know they probably had their minds together well before five minutes to curtain call.
Verdicts out on Mr. Martin and ditto to Mr. Burkett who truly would seem to be one to help anyone.
And if I'm not mistaken, wasn't it the Evening News that pointed out Debbie Manns did the RIGHT THING by breaking up the meeting? Now ain't that a kick in the ass?
Here, the council is poising to get rid of her and she goes and does something so right, it's gonna look pretty bad when they give their piddly reason for her dismissal.
And CityCitizen76, we sure miss your wit and candor. I was hoping for another fun poem like the little train ditty you wrote for the past mayor to cover the already exciting but certainly lackluster goings on of our new band of cronies. But wait, I forgot.. this is your team.
I guess we'll just keep watching you kids to see what you're up to.
Instant Karma's gonna get you.
This is probably why the three stooges and Benny Hill are still popular.
It is not a trait that I find desirable in my lawmakers.
If I wanted entertainment, I would have voted for the previous slate. I want responsible government, less waste, and less rancor.