Thursday, September 30, 2010
Not Enough Money for Building a Park
Above is parkland in northeastern Leucadia. There are official plans for a park. There have been plans for a park for many years. The council has made zero progress on this park.
Why is there no progress on the park? Despite what Dalager and Stocks have been telling the public, cash at city hall is getting thin and they can't build the park. The city can't even afford to keep streets maintained. Its been tight for a while. In 2005 Dalager & Co. snuck through a $20 million bond debt to pump the budget back up.
Here is the Piraeus park budget page out of the current budget. The city has determined that it is short of park space AND playing fields. The city is not putting money into starting the design of the park until 2013! There is no money set aside for building it. Are there NIMBYs to blame blame for the delay of the Piraeus park? I've never heard of any objections.
There are NIMBY by the Hall park and they have caused delay to the park's development. Its growing increasingly clear that the city council is responsible for much of the delay.
Just like with the streets maintenance report the city sat on a materially completed Hall park EIR for at least six months, maybe up to a year (the city hid the records after we started looking). If we are in such a rush, why delay one day the release of the EIR?
The design of the park is being dragged out now. Which candidate will say that hiring a park designer without contractually establishing deadlines for the when the park design needs to be completed is a good idea? I'm not voting for that person.
As long as the council can blame NIMBYs and say we're making progress they don't have to explain to people that the city doesn't have enough money budgeted for the Hall park. They've had years to set the money aside AND the city took out a $20 million bond debt and still they weren't able set aside the money for the city's crown project.
Dalager's mantra has consistently been about how people have gotten in his way of building the park. Maybe he's got a plan. If the council majority has a plan, it is illegal and unethical for them to not develop the plan in the public's view. Now he just says have faith.
If we go by his record he's got a plan and its a secret because it won't stand the scrutiny. Maybe another sweetheart deal for the "Park Place" position in the New Commons? Or, maybe the school site is Park Place.
Which candidates have a finance plan for the building Phase I of the Hall park?
Which candidates have pledged to not redesign the approved Park plans?