Thursday, January 20, 2011
CTEP Funds Burning a Hole In Havre Council’s Pocket
The Council also approved giving $56,000 to Lincoln-McKinley School for sidewalk replacement and an additional $18,000 to the Senior Center to cure sidewalk and drainage issues at the center. Before the Mayor could even finish reading the Bill detailing the information for the vote Councilman Vies is calling for the vote as he usually does to keep things speeding along so he can get home for Monday night football. Councilman Woodwick objected to lumping all three of these proposed projects together and wanted to vote on them separately which then required a council vote on that motion. Council person Pam Hillary and Vies vote to keep them together as one vote. Vies again just wanting to keep things moving along and Hillary voting no because “she was afraid some would vote against the Atrium project if “separated” The Lincoln-McKinley and Senior Citizens projects pass unanimously but Woodwick had some problems with using up most of Havre’s CTEP funding on a privately owned business like the Atrium. The only two councilmen that appear to have the greater good of the taxpayers at heart were Andrew Brekke and Woody Woodwick that had the courage to vote NO to this free mania from heaven for Edmonds, Shaw and Healy although Councilman Cal Long mentioned he also had concerns as he was casting his yes vote
Now that the Havre Council has pissed off most all of their CTEP budget into private businessman’s pockets I wonder what we will do when a needed project needs funded on one of our publically owned properties. While some people do think the Atrium project needs done because the public uses the sidewalks I would remind our readers that these sidewalks were in a state of disrepair when Shaw, Edmonds and Healy bought this property at fire sale prices. Are we now going to be in the habit of gifting repair money to business people wanting a free fix in other projects?
Where do we sign up?