We've been hearing, and reading a lot of political threats being made towards the Council Members who are going to support the re-direction of EDIT funds tonight.
We consider this insulting, and we resent the 'bullying' tactics from those who have made these threats.
We strongly feel that your opinions are indeed the minority, and we intend to stand behind the Council Members who support the resolution coming before them tonight.
We also pledge that we will support their re-election campaigns based on their courage and committment to the best interests of the City of New Albany.
They understand the implications of NOT complying with Federal directives, and they have listened to the MAJORITY of Citizens who are fed up with Garner's bad decisions.
Actually, not only with Garner's, but with the last 3 administrations before him as well.
They all contributed to digging this monsterous hole we are only now trying to climb out of by making their own mistakes in judgement, and laying the costs of such at the feet of the taxpayers. All the while ignoring the sewer problems that arose back in 1995 when the EPA finally took measurable steps to hold the City of New Albany legally liable for failing to meet the Clean Water Act, and thus made DEMANDS that the failing sanitary sewage system infrastructure be corrected.
Here we are 12 years and $80 million later, and that infrastructure STILL isn't fixed, so now the EPA has taken away ANY opportunities for City growth by restricting sewer credits and doubling the required annual expenditures from $270K to $500K as well as doubling the oversight period fom one year to two.
Meanwhile, our City has built a Parking Garage that cost us dearly, and a multi-million $$ Firehouse that doesn't function properly, and a multitude of other bad decisions that has drained the City finances and left us no closer to solving these crippling problems with the sewers, and now they want the Citizens to pay another $30 million when those costs can be mitigated WITH OTHER FUNDS!
This Scribner Place project could have very easily become a compromise between the two 'factions' of thinking, about what is best for the City of New Albany.
However, it seems obvious that the 'progressive' thinking crowd is an ALL OR NOTHING sort of bunch who don't grasp the concept of compromise.
These Council Members who stand strong tonight, to do what is right and what is best for New Albany's future, are to be commended. They understand what MUST be done is very different from what WANTS to be done. They are doing the RIGHT thing.
UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE MAJORITY!!!