By: Diane Benjamin
Must see video is below the Council video!
Even though “Friends of the BCPA” showed up at Public Comment to urge the Council to approve hiring their fundraiser, Karen Schmidt got the agreement tabled. She claimed not enough discussion has taken place about the future of the Creativity Center. Or, maybe she heard the outrage from citizens who see rotten roads and no need for yet more “Quality of Life”. The Council is facing a $3 million deficit, but they constantly come up with more things to spend money on. This issue will be back in March.
Tari gave his State of the City address. It was pretty much his campaign speech with a few new minimum wage employers added. His worst offense was claiming the roads are being repaired. Jim Karch wants $8,000,000 a year for roads. Instead he is getting $3.8 – all of which comes from NEW taxes passed by Renner. (Motor Fuel and 1/4% Sales Tax)
The first speaker at Public Comment claimed the Development Manager for the “Friends” is budgeted every year, it just hasn’t been filled. The documentation left that out, along with what salary this person would receive.
Jim Pearson is at 17:00. He claims he can get a hotel and convention center built attached to the Coliseum on land the City already owns. Of course Renner doesn’t want it there – away from the City core and Pearson evidently doesn’t know occupancy rates at the current local hotels have been dismal. Since the Council didn’t respond, we have no idea if they knew about his plan in advance.
Donna Boelen spoke at 24.40. Her topic was pension spiking, an issue the City claims they are going to fix but never get around to. She mentioned the pending deficit and all the upcoming employees that will continue to cost the City money when it’s easily avoidable.
Just hit play to hear Renner, or fast forward to 14:30 to hear public comment:
Angela Scott addressed the Council during the first Public Comment at 6:30. She Live Streamed her comments on Facebook, more than 4000 people have watched it. That means you need to see it, I put it on YouTube so you can: