The Citizens Voice has an article on the Parking fiasco today.
Evidently I'm not alone in questioning this move.
If a company is willing to give $20 million to the city just for the parking rights, They must expect a profit. So why isn't the city looking at how they expect to make said profit and instituting those measures?
I suspect I know why. Dictator Leighton has run the city out of money. It's not a surprise. The $12 million Intermodel center that cost $29 million. The massive cost over runs on the Coal Street raceway. The Ice Rink that is open to the public about 9 hours a week (not to mention the remodeling of the second floor).
I loved this quote from Leighton, "If we find out it's not what's best for the city," he said, "then I won't recommend it." How much money has the city spent on JJ and his brothers company's 'investigating the possibilities' when just a couple of phone calls to the cities that looked into this, and turned it down, Would've shown that it is a TERRIBLE idea.
Now on to the barricades around the Sterling.
This is turning into Leighton's version of McGroarty's streetlight rentals. I mean $5000 a month? There were barricades sitting at DPW. Here's a picture of some of the ones in the worse shape, blocking in the school bus that the city bought and NEVER uses.
Where are they now? For the price we are paying we could've bought the molds and made our own.
This city NEEDS an independent audit. Since I started this blog, we've found out:
Leighton lied about a $1 million donation.
Leighton lied about why the city bought a specific brand of Fire engine.
Leighton had a $17 million cost OVERRUN on a $12 million parking garage.
Several million dollars spent on JJ Murphy's Hawkeye security cameras, that seldom work.
JJ's $10,000 HOME security system, that the tax payers footed some of the monthly bills for.
Leighton's $4,000 HOME security system (even though the people on the front lines, the Police, don't rate one).
The school bus that goes NOWHERE.
Just off the top of my head.
I feel like going to beat up a windmill.
Dan Emplit WBFD
AKA Don Quixote