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Thanks. Maybe they are waking up. That would be good news.
Having been in the real estate development business for 40+ years, my question is...What does "picking a developer" mean.
A normal relationship would be determined by a contract, generally in the nature of a joint venture or sales relationship. So, can we not see the contract or is there not one? What are the responsibilities of each party? Is the developer being paid? If so, how much? What is YVHA to provide? In other words, what are the details of this relationship?
It seems to me any one of the members of the City Council or Commissioners Court could ask and expect to receive full and complete answers. After all, it's their [i.e. TAXPAYERS] money being spent to the tune of $160,000 per year !!
If any of you know any of those folks ....ask 'em !! I don't happen to have that ability.
I have written to Teresa to offer any information/expertise I have so she can follow up on our questions/comments. Maybe we can keep some heat on, Fred ?
Hopefully this is a step forward. I think they should reveal the price at which the property would be sold or the amount that would be received to pay down the $2,000,000+ debt.
Further....it is unpardonable that the DOW did not know where the calves were before deporting the Mom !!!!!!
I thought DOW was to be the advocate for wildlife, especially after making such an effort to reintroduce moose into the valley. What a shameful display of a lack of will on both their part and the the City's !!!
If the City had started to patrol the park just briefly and issued a few tickets or warnings about the closings and the leash on dogs, I'll bet the the situation would have been resolved over time. There is, I'm certain, a way or ways to make the Mom uncomfortable so she would willing to seek to relocate. We live in that area and use airhorns to make bears want to move on. A similar gentle effort could have been made here.
If DOW does not know how to do that and is unwilling to represent as a FORCEFUL advocate of wildlife, is it just another do nothing government agency???......twould appear so !!
The long and short of this fiasco is  the YVHA 's budget is not large enough to "buy", in the form of a director, the expertise necessary to be successful in the real estate development business and  absent that ability they are only suited for management and rent collecting and  so far as I know, none of the board members has that expertise either. Scott: you are right. Stop before they strike again.
The editorial board should stay in the newspaper business. Even if the YVHA doesn't default would anyone seriously want them borrowing more money after this debacle? Their reputation being ruined to prevent further borrowings is the least of that entity's problems. They should have "walked" or theatened to 5 years ago. Doug
Monger is right !!
Please join the discussion in the commentary on the editorial page of the Pilot...9/23/12
Please join the discussion on the commentary on the editorial page in Sunday's paper..9/23/12
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