By: Diane Benjamin
Last night Alderman Scott Black presented his want list:
Most of them took up way too much Council time, a total of 8 minutes for each was extended for most of them.
- Scott doesn’t really want to know how other communities fund downtown redevelopment, he wants new fees or taxes that are designated just for downtown. He thinks the weekend downtown partakers will pay more for a beer. He’s not interested in budgeting items, he wants progress now.
- The documents redesign seemed to concentrate on council docs. He doesn’t think they are high-tech enough. A frequent comment by other Council members was that staff should be able to chime in! Have they got time for interns?
- Some of the Council members were afraid to discuss this one in public. They felt some property owners might feel targeted. They are, we all know which ones. The Council thinks property items must be discussed in secret (Executive Sessions). The law says they can, not that they must.
- Part of the Council thought economic development policy was already clear. It isn’t because too many people are involved with no clear directives other than it has to be the “right fit”. That’s the term that needs defined. Green Top was Tari’s “right fit”. Does anybody realize Tari failed at economic development? http://www.wglt.org/post/facing-debt-green-top-grocery-asks-owners-help
- Not really discussed since it’s already being worked on for presentation soon by staff.
- Instantly died!
The Council is completely possessed by downtown. The rest of the City is immaterial. I hope good people will step up to replace them.
If you feel like wasting at least an hour, just hit play. You might want a pot of coffee within reach however.