We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we as responsible citizens of this community need to address in a rational and responsible way?”
IS IT TRUE at tonights City Council meeting a new slate of officers will be elected for 2018? …we hear that the new leadership makeup of City Council will be totally different then in years past? …we wouldn’t be surprised if 6th Ward Councilmen Jim Brinkmeyer (D) is elected council president? …we hear that At-Large City Councilman Dr Dan Adams (D) could be elected council vice president? …we wouldn’t be surprise that At-Large Councilmen Jonathan Weaver (D) is appointed to chair the powerful Finance and Budget committee? …we expect key committee appointments will be given to Democrats?
IS IT TRUE that three years ago the Evansville ERC bought a vacant and dilapidated former drug store building located on North Main Street? …it’s been alleged that the Evansville Department of Metropolitan Development gave the Dialysis Clinic a 10 year lease? …the Evansville ERC purchased the former vacant and dilapidated CVS Drug store building for $535,000 in December 2014? …that the ERC now has decided to put this building on the marketing so they can recoup the money they spent on acquiring it? …at last Wednesdays Evansville Redevelopment Commission’s meeting the board approved an expense of up to $6,000 for two appraisals of this building so they can determine a sale price for this newly renovated building? …that the DMD Executive Director, Kelly Coures stated that city’s asking price for the building will be determined by these two appraisals? …that DMD Director Courses alleges that DaVita Clinic has invested about $1 million to renovate the building so it can use as a kidney dialysis center? …that the Evansville ERC purchased the former CVS building for a whooping $535,000 and the renovation costs was stated to be around $1 million dollars? … does this means that the sales price of this building should now be around $1,535.000? …its rumored that the Evansville ERC has given the Dialysis Clinic a 10 year lease for $2,000 a month? …we wonder what intelligent investor would purchase this property located on North Main for $1,535,000 with a guarantee gross monthly income of $2,000 for 10 years? …that Evansville ERC and Dialysis Clinic are both not-for-profits entities and don’t pay any property taxes? …we wonder if this could be considered to be a “Sneaky But Legal” deal?
IS IT TRUE we are hearing that the makeup of the 2018 Board Of Directors of the Vanderburgh County Convention and Visitors Bureau will have several new faces? …it looks like a couple of past board members of the Vanderburgh County Convention and Visitors Bureau didn’t reappointed? …looks like “PIG GATE” may have caused them reappointment problems?
IS IT TRUE that on Wednesday January 3, 2018, Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke held a press conference to address the murderous rampage that has taken over Evansville during the last 3 months?…the concern and confusion on their faces when discussing this unusual chain of events was obvious and the people of Evansville that the CCO has spoken with are feeling the same concerns and confusion?
IS IT TRUE that Chief Bolin was clear that the murders have been mostly drug related and that those who choose to participate in drug deals in Evansville at this time have a much higher chance of being shot than at any time in history? …the CCO certainly wants to see this situation brought under control and hope to see Evansville return to the friendly city on the Ohio River were murder was once a rare occurrence?
IS IT TRUE that there was an article in the Courier and Press that has been passed around the social media world regarding the upcoming election to represent the 8th District of Indiana in the United States House of Representatives?…much to many people’s surprise former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel’s picture was included in the article? …that this article was hinting the possibility that the former Mayor who tried to get sent to Washington back in his younger political days is being encourage to throw his hat into the political ring once again? …for those who may consider the former Mayor to be the Democrat Party’s great hope to defeat Congressman Larry Bucshon, its important to point out Mr. Weinzapfel has made a several questionable political decisions while he was Mayor of Evansville that he will have to defend on the campaign trail? …some of these questionable political decisions made by Mayor Weinzapfel inspired us to invent the character “SNEGAL”? …for those who may have forgotten “SNEGAL” that stands for “SNEAKY BUT LEGAL”?
IS IT TRUE if former Evansville Mayor and current Chancellor of Ivy Tech-Evansville, Jonathan Weinzapfel becomes a candidate for the 8th District Congressional seat he must defeat a popular and well funded Terre Haute attorney William Tanoos in the May 8, 2018 Democratic primary?
IS IT TRUE that a “SNEAKY BUT LEGAL” political decisions that Mayor Weinzapfel initiated and orchestrated occurred in the spring of 2009 was when he organized a behind closed door meeting of just the right mix of individuals in an attempt to quietly “TAKE AWAY THE HOMESTEAD TAX CREDIT” from the people of Vanderburgh County? …this unacceptable political move was first exposed by the City County Observer and was overturned by then Governor Mitch Daniels in the nick of time before Weinzapfel and his cadre of conspirators took away your Homestead Tax Credit forever?…if approved this would have cost the people of Vanderburgh County roughly $5 Million per year?…since that sneaky political trick happened 8 tax cycles ago, our exposure of this clandestine treachery has saved the Vanderburgh County taxpayers about $40 Million and is one of the CCO’s proudest moments?…nearly every public official who was in on this sneaky political trick has either been defeated or left office including Weinzapfel? …Mayor Winnecke is the only politician to survive the “SNEAKY BUT LEGAL” Homestead Tax Grab?
IS IT TRUE when Weinzapfel didn’t support Rick Davis for Evansville Mayor in the primary and general elections it lead to the fracturing of the Vanderburgh Democrat Party in a way that put Republican Mayor Lloyd Winnecke in the Mayor’s office? …that many Rick Davis supporters will never forgive Mr. Weinzapfel for not supporting Mr. Davis for Mayor?
IS IT TRUE during the last several weeks that Mr Weinzapfel was in office he quietly pushed for the approved of (without fanfare) a $50 million water smart meter project that was funded by future water and sewer rate increases? …several people questioned this decision because the new smart meters were installed on a water delivery system that was over a 100 years old? ..this project wasn’t put out for formal competitive bid and the installation of the smart water meters contract was awarded to a local labor union?
Todays “Readers Poll” question is: If the general election was held today for 8th District Congressmen who would you vote for?
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