first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” 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 that GOP Party Chairman Wayne Parke’s just announced that he opposes ALEX SCHMITT’S for the AT-LARGE CITY COUNCIL seat?  …it’s well known that Mr. Schmitt is the hand-picked candidate of Mayor Winnecke?  …we predict that Mr. Parkes decision to publically oppose Alex Schmitt’s candidacy for the At-Large City Council seat has caused a split between Mayor Winnecke and GOP Chairman Wayne Parke? …we predict that this is a developing story with a lot of political twists and turns? IS IT TRUE we wonder why did the Ford Center drop the Evansville IceMen hockey team who paid them $10,000 per home game and replaces them with the Evansville Thunderbolts hockey team that pays them $1,000 per home game?  …if the Evansville IceMen played 32 home game at the Ford Center they would have paid $320,000 for the use of that facility? …if the Evansville Thunderbolts plays 28 home games they paid the Ford Center $28,000 per season?  …if our calculations are correct the Evansville IceMen paid the Ford Center exactly $292,000 more in rent than the Evansville Thunderbolts?  …we would like to know how is the Ford Center management going to make up the $292,000 in revenue shortfall for the 2018 to 2019 hockey season? IS IT TRUE right after Mayor Winnecke took office he quietly approved of (without fanfare) a $50 million “Smart Water 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 100 years old? …because of unexplained reasons, this multi-million dollars project was never completed?  …we wonder what happened to the bond money left over from this abandoned public works project? IS IT TRUE we wonder if the Executive Director of the Evansville DMD and members of the ERC board would spend their own money the same way they spent our tax dollars buying property located on North Main Street and Main Street?  …we bet the answer to this question is a resounding “NO”?IS IT TRUE last week one of our posters made the following comment about former Vanderburgh County Sheriff Eric Williams being appointed to the Evansville Vanderburgh Library board?  …that Danielle Wilson posted; “Wishing former Sheriff Eric Willaims success and prayers for the journey he’s taking with the Evansville Vanderburgh Library.”  Good luck! IS IT TRUE that the Memorial Village Center City complex already houses offices for Memorial Community Development Corporation, a Community Federal Credit Union, the Evansville Black Chamber of Commerce, Family Barbershop, Subway Restaurant, outstanding Child Care facility and offices for job creation and affordable housing? … that the Memorial Village complex has enough land for future well-thought-out commercial development projects? IS IT TRUE we wonder why members of the ERC and Evansville DMD haven’t approached the developer of the Memorial Village Complex located in the Center City to do a similar project in the North Main Street area?  …it’s obvious that the infrastructure of certain areas of North Main Street is well positioned for some future creative economic development? IS IT TRUE we find it interesting that community activist and mega preacher Dr. Adrian M. Brooks, Sr. of Memorial Baptist Church has been appointed to several important community boards?  ….he was recently appointed to the Southwest Economic Development Board and also the Airport Authority Board of Directors.  …that longtime Democrat Dr. Adrian Brooks was appointed to these meaningful boards by Republicans?  …all we can say about this is “Very Interesting? IS IT TRUE that the Downtown Farmers’ Market won’t be opening for 2019 Season?  …this another prime example why this type of activity should be left up to the private sector?  …the West Franklin Street Bazaar is being run by a group of volunteers and is flourishing every year?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel its time for the Evansville City Council to adopt an ordinance to have the Ford Center management put under the direction of a “Board Of Control”?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertiserslast_img

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