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DanG On McEuen: Show Me The $$$

Dan Gookin: Even so, the big nut in the McEuen fruitcake is the cost. The public has a right to know how much it will be paying, not only for the whole enchilada but (as Mr. Edinger mentioned over and over yesterday) the maintenance and operations for eternity. I find it sad that such information is unknown at this point. From my viewpoint, it’s predictable from a City Hall that is unwilling to be completely honest with the public regarding costs and impacts of something that will have a major impact to the city. I also find it highly questionable that such an ambitious project is taking place with such urgency in these economic times. Full post below.

Question: Do you think proposed changes to McEuen Field are affordable and sustainable?

I’m just trying to say that a non-binding advisory vote would be good on this issue. It would let the council know whether there is a noisy minority or an offended majority.

Mr. Reed and Mr. Kennedy are correct in that matters such as a park are not really suitable for a public vote. Those are “ordinary and necessary” things. I hope that Mike is serious about replacing the ball fields and boat ramp with “equal to or better.” That would be good.

Even so, the big nut in the McEuen fruitcake is the cost. The public has a right to know how much it will be paying, not only for the whole enchilada but (as Mr. Edinger mentioned over and over yesterday) the maintenance and operations for eternity. I find it sad that such information is unknown at this point. From my viewpoint, it’s predictable from a City Hall that is unwilling to be completely honest with the public regarding costs and impacts of something that will have a major impact to the city.

I also find it highly questionable that such an ambitious project is taking place with such urgency in these economic times. Yeah, I know: 15 years planning, blah-blah-blah. But that’s not how reality is framing the issue now. There is an imperative rush coming from City Hall with regards to McEuen, which I feel has more to do with House Bill 99 than any pressing need by the people.




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