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IS IT TRUE that downtown Evansville was the host of two DOG AND PONY shows yesterday with one of them held for Mayor Winnecke to crow about the long awaited downtown convention hotel with his first GOLDEN SHOVEL EVENT of 2014?…the other DOG AND PONY show was across the street and a little bit north in the City Council Chambers where nary a word was spoken about rescinding the $4.8 Million loan approval that the City Council capitulated to under false pretenses a full two years ago?…enough City Council members showed up to protest the extension of the $200,000 loan that Mayor Winnecke and the Loan Administration fund snuck to Earthcare without so much as giving the City Council notice two years and 9 days ago?…for a majority of the City Council to pontificate wildly about the irresponsible nature of the Mayor extending this loan is nothing but hollow showboating if they are not up to the task of rescinding the $4.8 Million loan that they approved?…quite frankly failure to rescind this loan is the same as extending it indefinitely and the financial geniuses on the City Council should have the good sense to know it?…while the Mayor and the Loan Administration Committee extended the $200,000 loan for a finite period of 2 years, the City Council essentially has extended a loan approval of $4.8 Million to Earthcare with no expiration date?…the failure to bring this up and rescind after the bravado of last week is cowardly and infuriating?…we expect more from an elected body that complains all the time about being left out of the loop?
IS IT TRUE it was revealed at last night’s City Council meeting by City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr. that the receipts to the City of Evansville for the 2nd installment of the 2013 property taxes came up $2 Million short and that cuts are needed in the City budget?…this is something that the City Council should be told but yet again they were kept out of the loop by the Winnecke Administration?…at least that is what they say?…Mayor Winnecke has stated that he will be addressing this $2 Million shortfall in a “State of the City” address at the downtown Rotary Club luncheon?…we reckon the speech may go something like the following:
“Good afternoon, I am your Mayor, Lloyd Winnecke. It is my pleasure to report to you that the state of Evansville has never been better. Our infrastructure continues to crumble, we ran out of salt for the roads this winter, the property taxes were just discovered to be $2 Million short of projections and I’m sorry I forgot to tell City Council, the gaming boat revenue continues to fall, 12 people have been shot so far in 2014, our books are not yet balanced, our audit is 5 months overdue, but hey we finally are going to have a downtown convention hotel that the public is funding to the tune of $20 Million and a dog park is on the horizon. It is truly a good day to be in Evansville.” The rest as they say is history in the making.
IS IT TRUE the highlight of the City Council meeting was when the Reverend Adrian Brooks took to the podium to call out the Courier & Press including Publisher Jack Pate (a $10,000 dues paying member of the Elite Evansville Regional Business Committee) and Editor Tom Langhorn for inaccurate reporting about an apartment building that the Memorial Baptist Church is seeking $225,000 to refurbish?…the good reverend bought this property in 2011 for the sum of $85,000 making the total cost to get it refurbished $310,000 or only $31,000 per unit?…that while the units will only have a market price of $20,000 each on completion, Reverend Brooks is doing a much more efficient job of fixing up apartments than the federal government that paid $240,000 each to refurbish the old safe house that is pretty equivalent to the property at 721 E. Riverside?…we do wonder how Reverend Brooks managed to get his hands on $225,000 of free tax money to do these repairs when the 3 previous owners could not get a red cent that was not earned by the sweat of their own brow?
IS IT TRUE that Mole #20 tells us that he has gotten confirmation last night that FOUR deputies are being moved to lower profile positions this coming week for their lack of support for Wedding and/or their support for Byram in the race for Vanderburgh County Sheriff?…we shall keep our fingers on the pulse of this internal affair issue but think the performance and assignment of deputies for political preference sort of defeats the whole purpose of fairness and impartiality among those who are charged with our protection?
IS IT TRUE that in their zeal to collect every dime they could the City of Evansville Meter Maids not only put parking tickets on the USI team busses but they nailed #1 USI Fan, ex-basketball player, and former County Commissioner and past City of Evansville Mayoral candidate Troy Tornatta too?…the long arm of the law spared no one at the Ford Center on Thursday and Friday handing out tickets like bears in a spring Alaskan river scooping up salmon?
IS IT TRUE we just learned that the Evansville Fire department employees received comp time buyout pay in February of this year.