As the city looks to purchase the old sales office, I have a few questions.
Has it been inspected? Listening to people who used to work there, it had a moldy smell then. If it was truly mold, then it may be in worse shape than the police department is now.
Also, there is a report of bat crap, which is more detrimental to the health of humans than any mold problem. Former workers also report a mildew problem. So, again, has it been inspected? Better yet, has any councilmember been inside the building?
What is the projected cost to heat and cool a building of that size? The cost of upkeep alone will be tremendous but what about heating and cooling an environment that was astronomical in the past?
The council that was offered the building free refused because the money to restore and maintain (it) was beyond the city’s capabilities, (so) what is so different now? We don’t have any new jobs or retail going up, so (why is) the city’s outlook so great now?
Does it make sense to make the purchase, then lease apartments back to the seller and allow him to collect rent for six more months from those families that are there and the city is displacing them with their actions? If the city cares about the people who employ them, then the correct course of action would be to allow those families to live rent free for those six months and give them an opportunity to find other living arrangements without stressing about another security deposit, pet deposit, first and last month’s rent and/or downpayment on a new home while making current rent payments.
Why is no one working on or looking at Mr. Tapley’s proposals? It is a shame to fall for this presentation of Utopia without looking at all options that are available.
The mayor said he was disappointed in the vote on Monday but we as citizens are disappointed in him because he is not looking out for our children’s future. He is not thinking about what our downtown will become. He is only concerned with pushing his agenda on us all without even considering us, the citizens, who make up this city.