by Jack Sotallaro
Another seemingly done deal by the most unresponsive City Council in the state. In a city with four wards and eight elected council members you’d think someone would hear the strident pleas of their constituents to just say no.
One Council person insisted on seeing the engineer’s report before voting. Laudable but meaningless.
The engineer is contracted to inspect the site and report on the buildings condition – they will report it’s sound. The are to report on the site – it will be found suitable. They are to report one whether a pool can be built in the structure – they will report it can.
The engineers are contracted for a job that will pay them $4,000. That’s not even a week of work and must include generating the report.
The inspection will not be in-depth because the City isn’t paying for it and the available time won’t allow it.
A second councilor demanded to know the operating costs before voting. Again laudable but naive.
What should have been asked or demanded is: “How will we pay for the operation of this park?” The answer to that question is the most important information the Council could have.
The City can certainly buy the property. The question is can we afford it?
A third councilor was concerned enough to vote “here” rather than “yes” or “no.” That doesn’t sound especially convinced to us.
When it came to a vote, it was five “for,” one “here” and two absent. And by that vote the Conway City Council bought Spirit Homes. If they take no future action the sale goes through.
So — even if there is organized, loud, majority protest to this project — if no one on the Council brings the issue up again, the sale is done.
And here in Conway, no one goes against the Mayor, and he wants this purchase to go through.
Someone on the Council needs to stand up and do their job — and that means to vote the will of the people and not the vocal minority that want a pool and indoor tennis.