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For 3 cities to consider such a costly endeavor without putting the matter up for a vote is a complete travesty. Offering up the option for the public to phone in their vote—ala reality TV— pertaining to a grant, which would only yield a minute portion of the overall price tag of this complex, is a sad substitute for an actual ballot issue.
Lyndhurst appears to be the only rational thinking group of people who are determined not be swept away with this mirage. This was a foolhardy proposal three years ago and makes even less economic sense today.
As for this administration and council’s track record on extracurricular financial activities outside basic services, their performance is well below stellar.
Cedar Center is currently sitting in development purgatory while the tax payer tally swells to colossal proportions. Meanwhile, the private portion of this equation appears tentative.
City Hall has yet to provide a full accounting for the Playground of Possibilities. In fact, when challenged with the knowledge of the city service department working on the clock, Mayor Welo chose to step out of the realm of reality and tell outright lies. Please see: A Perpetually Changing Story
Let’s not forget the “Greenvale 9.” City officials took it upon themselves to borrow $1.8 million to purchase nine brick dwellings and promptly demolish them with no plans to recoup or repay the money.
If “past is prologue,” who among us are ready to put their faith in South Euclid city official’s participation in such a grand undertaking?
The following links are for the "Fund for Our Economic Future's EfficientGovNow" program:
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Recreation Commission: REGULAR AUDIT - For the year ended June 30, 2008: