By: Diane Benjamin
Last night the Council voted to build a temporary structure to house City vehicles. They claim the lease on the old Bus Barn has expired, besides the building isn’t safe.
A few facts were left out!
The City used that building for two years for ZERO rent. In 2014 the City decided to start paying rent to Connect Transit – $62,718.50 per year – for a building that should have been condemned because of holes in the roof! See this story:
Obviously the rent was a way to funnel money to Connect Transit without saying that was the purpose.
Last night one of the reasons given for spending around $73,000 for a maybe 20-year temporary structure is that it will save the $62,817.50. Brilliant.
Now yet another eyesore is still standing downtown. A private owner would have been held responsible for the decrepit building, instead the City used tax dollars to reward Connect Transit.
The City could have used all that rent money to fix the roof – they would have had a building. Connect transit should have signed it over to them because they abandoned it.
Is the City going to order Connect Transit to tear it down?
I can see the City buying it since they no longer have a structural deficit. Sale price will probably be $500,000 just because it’s a prime location.
(Yes, that was a joke)