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When the grand marshals of our parades are grant writers, it makes my skin crawl. Morally bankrupt!
Scott, No big deal, every large project that is proposed is nixed on the initial go around. This is business as usual and we need to start somewhere. Being a sleuth is not much of an accomplishment at this point.
Sam, you stick with your carrots, I like meat and potatoes that I can afford. Chasing rainbows is not prudent and we are not in a position to afford any more "feel good stuff".
Councils perception at the time must have been that they were making this deal before the greedy developers moved in. This would explain the secrecy. The idiotic financing arrangement must have been to insure that successors could not reverse their brilliance.
Keep all options open! We have a political class that would delight in killing this project but they must not prevail. Preserve all options for the future.
Excavating without locates by law carries escalating fines that will soon eliminate most contractors. Utility companies use locating services to identify their product. This is by design as they can always point to others when an outage occurs. Some locates are bad and this is occasionally where the finger pointing begins as they team up on the contractor.
Let's not let Uncle Sam off the hook as affirmative action and government handouts lure English speaking workers to a softer life. Recent breaks occurred on federal highway projects that have required quotas of disadvantaged businesses leading to a loss of jobsite control. Regardless the contractor must remain responsible as losses from a break can run well into six figures. A knee jerk fix is not se easy.
Steve, Where ere you when this deal was consummated? What was your position at the time? Your seem to be a government involvement person, which may explain your ideas. This Iron Horse mess is probably serving one function in that it serves as a warning to wannabee social engineers.
This forum seems like a lightweights dream come true.
Experience has shown me that often the "eager beavers" stand to profit from the slaughter.
I went for about forty years of my life without seeing a bear. Killing is efficient but maybe we can move if it becomes a problem. Council can appoint another citizens committee to solve the problem ala the police station and avoid making a decision.
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