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Only some of the crew trekked back to civilization, and I believe it's the Lena Delta. It was a wonderful read.
Fred, as you know, I was not with the City then. My best guess is that the City Attorney, Finance Officer, and the City's bond counsel would have been asked to review the proposed funding and told Council that it was something that it could legally do. As to where the idea originated, I have no idea. My point is that the purchase was rushed through during a campaign season, and the public had no real chance to weigh in. When the purchase was scheduled for second hearing, I asked when on the agenda it was scheduled. I showed up 15 minutes before the scheduled vote and was informed that the vote had taken place almost an hour before. It was clear to me at that point that the purchase and funding were faits accompli.
Scott: I have no idea why you want to deflect the blame for the Iron Horse fiasco onto city staff. It was well-known at the time that the Council members who were up for re-election wanted to show how much they had done for affordable housing, and they came up with the brilliant idea of buying a failed motel. The idea for buying the Bed Bug Inn came from Council members, not staff. The buck stops at Council, as the City Charter clearly states.
The vote to buy the Iron Horse was the worst Council decision ever. Too bad that the laws protect stupid elected officials from the financial consequences of their stupidity. Just think of all the things that need to be done but cannot be done because of the $5 million millstone we'll be carrying until 2032. Disgraceful.
The City's 2008 study showed that locals generated more sales tax revenue than tourists (and way more than second-home owners), but these numbers are truly shocking. So much for the tired old belief that tourists will always pay the bills for us. This report has serious implications that we cannot continue to ignore.
A wonderfully satirical piece, despite the hysterical comments from people who should get over themselves.
It's too bad that The Nasties had to drag in Deb Hinsvark for their irrelevant comments on Tom Kern's departure. I, for one, think Tom did a good job in a tough environment, and I wish him well.
Excellent point, Carrie. On my phone, the caller id showed either "Toll Free" or "Private Number," and I always let those go to the answering machine.
"Deja vu all over again"! Another expensive parking study to be put on the shelf with the other expensive parking studies -- all of which were ignored! The existing studies have some good suggestions: paid parking like the system Aspen uses; changing the parking times to allow each space to be used many times per day; parking maps to show visitors where they can park and for how long; a shuttle from the Stockbridge lot for employees; and so on. Council would be wise to revisit the existing studies before wasting more money on a new one.
Tom: After reading your story, I tried to find out if there are still seeds for Remington Strawberries, but could find no information. Are they still available?
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