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Thursday, October 3, 2013
It is a shame that Carl Frederick (“Storm water should have been the priority,” Sept. 12 letter) used irrational examples to get to a very valid point.
Has our city council wasted money in the past? I do not think anyone would argue with that. Hiring countless “experts” to perform studies on Victory Stadium, our high schools, etc.? That’s a few hundred thousand dollars down the drain.
Purchasing a plot of land near the civic center, more studies, and never building anything? That’s a few million dollars that could be used elsewhere.
Voting to raise their own salaries just to “be competitive” with other cities? I believe that one speaks for itself.
The giant cement hole in the ground that Frederick describes, once completed, will be a centerpiece for the city that will provide a boost to the downtown economy and increase the tax base.
The hideous renovation to the food court that no one supposedly visits has been packed every time I have been to it, is increasing the hours of operation (not usually something a struggling business does), and provides a reception space worthy of any bride’s dream occasion.
And why didn’t the imaginary six companies that Frederick can think of show any interest in the YMCA over the numerous years that it sat vacant and for sale?
As I’ve said, Frederick made a valid point that our city has the responsibility to provide adequate wastewater treatment to its residents. I just wish he would have used legitimate examples of waste by the council to arrive at his final point.
Weather JournalEarly mix, then ice storm Sunday