OPINION: MEMORIAL CITY HALL IS BEHIND SCHEDULE AND THERE WILL BE A COST OVERRUN

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By Ron Munden – October 29, 2018

Its almost official. For years City Staff has painted a rosy picture of the status of the MCH renovation project and the current City Commissioners along with other commissioners have been eating it up like peach ice cream – never taking the time to ask any hard questions. The current City Commissioners have spent most of their time patting themselves on the back and telling people how great a job the City is doing managing the project. It’s been a good run for bowing and hand waving, but it looks like the chickens are about to come home to roost.

Last Thursday night Acting City Manager Jack Redman came very close to saying, “The MCH project is behind schedule and there is going to be a cost overrun.”

Commissioner Calhoun said something to the effect, ” If there is a cost overrun, who will pay for the cost over-run?”

Mr. Redmon said, “The City.” I assume he means the City’s general fund.

The current City Commissioners have already cut the street maintenance budget to give the city employees a big pay raise and include money in the 2019 budget for a bike trail and a splash pool. Where will the money come from to cover the MCH cost overrun? Will the street maintenance budget take another hit? Will water bills go up again?

How bad are the problems?

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