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It should be noted/recalled that council decided to push up the start date on the JPJ project by several weeks. The reason given was weather and a desire to start the project before spring.
The timing was and remains questionable. This early start date also happened prior to the election, but close enough to begin to get a sense that Ken Milder might not get re-elected and Vince Chiravelle, whose views certainly ran counter to council’s plans, might very well secure a seat on council. The timing might well also suggest an attempt to get the project well enough under way, with enough money having been spent, that it would per force proceed regardless of any future opposition. And, indeed, now that there is opposition to the JPJ, the argument is already being laid out that we’ve already spent $3 million so we should proceed.
Though this may seem cynical, council’s actions, beginning with the omnibus 529, carrying through the Municipal Building “process,” and then on to the Skate Park (which was also started in the face of mounting opposition and controversy), leaves no alternative but cynicism. The civic center went down 2-1, though council firmly believed they had a majority support for the project, and 529 only barely passed.
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