FEMA approved the Civic Centers Commons grant application. Twice. The properties around the park get flooded. Often. In 1985 we had a flood that pushed the tenants of the Hynds building out. That building is still vacant as we all know. More flooding without storm water mitigation will continue to have negative effects on our community. The storm water drainage is needed. Yay for us for trying to make it look nice with park elements and an amphitheater.
We voted on and passed this project as a community. What this article doesn't say is that the City intends to divert our 6th penny funds to other road projects and likely are trying to avoid ongoing maintenance costs of a new park.
Just a few of my questions: What is Jim Voeller's relationship with this consulting firm from Denver? Has he worked with them previously? How are they able to weigh in on this without visiting our community or conducting all of the necessary tests? Who was involved in selecting this firm? Was a public RFP sent out?
More than 19 million dollars of private investment and 53 plus jobs are at stake. That increased revenue alone will pay the ongoing maintenance costs and contribute to the tax base for other projects. FEMA has approved this application. They are not going to come back for their funds if the storm water is provided as outlined.
I applaud Pete Laybourne, Rocky Case, Richard Johnson, and Mark Rinne for their efforts to see this project to success. I sincerely hope the rest of the City Council will stand up for this project and others that will lead to progress in our community.