the Controversial Committee Report
“We don’t raise sacred cows...we just butcher them.”
UPDATE: While many CCR readers were disturbed and incensed regarding the city utilizing General Fund property tax bucks to pay for the renovation of the old Big State Drug Store for the benefit of the property owner, it appears the original proposal to fund 37%, or $202,000 by the city for the entire renovation project has been taken off the table.
The $202,000 was the city’s proposal as documented in the June 26, 2014 Planning and Development committee meeting.
Accordingly, staff of the CCR has been informed the city will only fund the new parking lot. While the city council has approved $75,000 of General Fund tax dollars for this work, the actual cost might be in the $40,000 - $50,000 range. The city’s agreement with the property owner stipulates that the parking will be ‘public parking’ for five years, but there will not be any signage designating the area as ‘public parking.’
Staff of the CCR has also been advised the Big State parking lot project will be the only city funds dedicated to this renovation. Apparently, the property owner will not be seeking matching funds (approved by city staff without city council advisement, unless $50,000 or more) for any exterior renovations of the building.
UPCOMING: The next issue of the CCR will reflect how QueenB VDs self-promotion, utilizing outdated campaign letterhead, of the ethics code passage has caused the most massive rift ever witnessed among Irving elected officials. (And if her Pet Rocks are proud of this faux leadership, then the issue is even deeper than expected.) The queen’s action via her e-mail blast to the realm has dropped her creditability and believability lower than that of former mayor Morris Parrish…which is almost hard to believe possible. Stay tuned!