By: Diane Benjamin
Tomorrow the stacked Downtown Committee is holding a listening session – public comment at 5:15 in the Council Chambers.
In case you forgot who is on this committee: https://blnnews.com/2017/05/03/taris-downtown-task-force/
Showing up and telling them downtown isn’t worth reinventing won’t help (The town moved east, but they haven’t noticed). The Committee has three Council members so whatever they dream up will easily pass the rest of the Council.
Downtown is for lawyers during the day and bar hoppers at night. Millions of dollars won’t change that unless the Council is willing to force the bars to evacuate by massively raising fees. That won’t happen because the City needs to revenue those bars produce.
The Committee’s job is to recommend spending the City can do now. It’s way too late to change the trajectory of this Council. Citizens must not have noticed the last Council was on the same path.
Everybody wants to think their leaders aren’t wasting their money and they truly want to serve the citizens.
The joke is on you, your roads will remain in poor condition for many years to come. Revitalizing downtown is much more important.
See the Agenda and Minutes from their last meeting HERE