Tuesday, February 19, 2008

City Condemns Land of Two – Oops

Another fascinating maneuver at tonight’s City Council meeting involved the South/Route 47/Fair/Calhoun Project. You know this one; right?

This started out as the side road from South Street to McConnell Road behind the old Jewel, DeCraene’s, Vaughan’s and on down to Larry Piekos’ Cycle Craft. I remember the show-and-tell by Public Works about four-six years ago. No one asked how much the project was going to cost until the end of the meeting, when I asked the question about the “elephant in the room.” The cost? $5.5 Million. PLUS the cost of land acquisition! For what? For a ¾-mile road with a center lane and sidewalks. Whatta dream!

The topic tonight was the repriortization of the Project. The owners of the buildings that house Harmony Falls Massage Therapy and Swanky Spa were there to complain about condemnation notices they had received.

The project is now dead in the water. Not totally dead – the Woodstock City Council doesn’t want to kill off anything. All it will take is lots of money to bring it back to life, and lots of money is something the City of Woodstock doesn’t have.

Both owners were assured that condemnation proceedings would be halted tomorrow by City staff and the City Attorney.

Should property owners be entitled to compensation for their expenses to protect their property rights? You bet! Will they have to fight for it? You bet!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

If the city doesnt have money then why did the mayor just spend $12,000 on furniture for his office? Look into it Gus. The Mayor has to go!

Anonymous said...

What were the property owners expenses? How will they be reimbursed? More talk-no answers.

unfair! said...

Or what about the useless Dick Tracy (Chester Gould? I don't remember) statue the city bought months ago? The city spends money on crap they don't need! That's why Woodstock is in this predicament!!!

Anonymous said...

The City wasn't paying for the statue. Even Gus knew that.

Anonymous said...

Confucius say: man who stand on toilet high on pot.

magilla gorilla said...

Excuse me sir, how much for that blow up doll in the window?

magilla gorilla said...

Excuse me sir, how much for that blow up doll in the window?

Anonymous said...

Yo Snoozer ... have you changed your name to Magilla Gorilla? ... to Magilla Gorilla? I love you Snoozer ... you my man! Robby M.

Anonymous said...

Whats the matter GUS? You must be trying to pull the shades over the publics eye. Do you not want them to know about your grandson.

Anonymous said...

He spent how much? I'm sure he used his own money and not tax payers,because if he did I think the taxpayers would consider that reckless spending. What do you think Gus?

Anonymous said...

The current Mayor is a good hearted person and only does whats best for Woodstock residents. If he spent money on furniture, so what? Big deal. Get over yourself. Life is short. Spending that much money on furniture (if that's the real cost) only means that it was nice furniture that will last a long time. He could have spent less money, but then would have to spend "less money" 5-10 years later to replace it. I'm sure he made a good decision. He always does.