By: Diane Benjamin
Watching the Council spin themselves into the ground felt a lot longer than 23 minutes! Most of the conversation was on whether to build a metal retaining wall or concrete so the City Hall annex can be demolished. The difference in price was around $61,000. The Council was handed some revised numbers that weren’t included in the packet. The Council passed the revised version, the video is the only documentation – it has not been posted.
Documentation starts on page PDF 269: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14583
The video presentation contained pics of both type walls:
Google “Metal Retaining Walls” – Images. David Hales found the ugliest picture possible to include for the Council. I thought downtown is supposed to be “artsy”. Hales wanted concrete so he ignored other more attractive options. We don’t know what the cost difference is because nobody checked.
3 metal walls that would look much better than concrete:
This area is in transition. The Council seemed ready to go with the cheaper metal fence to avoid possibly wasting money on the concrete wall. They even discussed getting a mural painted on it. They also mentioned trees that would block most of the view.
Proof the Council is immaterial:
After the Council members had their say, David Hales inserted himself and his opinion. The Council melted at his feet – conversation over. Now we know why the above “wall pics” weren’t in the packet – only the presentation. Somebody on the Council might have Goggled it! The packet only included drawings which don’t look that bad. See PDF page 278 and 279. Hales turned saving money into a joke!
It should be very clear now why this City Manager and Council will NEVER cut anything. Your elected representatives are led around with nose rings on chains pulled by David Hales. The vote was 8-0. The discussion starts at 18:15. To just hear David Hales – hit play: