Municipal Building

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By Ralph Damiani

The Municipal Building issue has been controversial since the day it was announced that there were structural problems with it.

Today, that building is gone but the matter of the facility remains a bone of contention for many folks.

Now the council has approved a plan to move completely away from the Ashley Pond site, a location that up until this week, most residents seemed to favor. Is this a good move?

That is a hard question and one we hope the county and council answers better than they have. At the meeting approving the site, Councilor Robert Gibson raised some good points.

He said that the bid did not meet the requirements of the RFP. If that is true, then there are some serious issues with proceeding. We did not see a good answer to that.

Then he asked if this was a change in philosophy for the county. We are spending millions of dollars to move off prime land, saying the county should not use such land when it is needed for development.

But, as Gibson asked, is this project doing exactly that? Again, there should be a better answer.

Finally he asked about traffic. The answer to this seemed rather flippant to us.

If we thought that the county’s whole idea in moving the Municipal Building was to help downtown, this really does nothing to help Central Avenue.

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