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Freenock looking for places to save

January 11, 2013

Coming into her first full year as city manager for the City of Warren, Nancy Freenock hedged overall optimism with a sense of the realities the city is facing....

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Jan-14-13 10:37 PM

The funniest line was the one about meeting with Jim Decker and WCCBI about economic development activities. That can be accomplished in about 5 minutes.

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Jan-13-13 10:47 AM

increasing the city's debt balance? I'm starting to see another monster in the making if she thinks she can fix the problems this city has by applying for loans, then what? how do you plan to pay them back? out of your own pocket? raising taxes? cutting jobs? get real, this problem isn't going to be solved and you should worry about getting your head out from under the water before you try blowing up the life preserver.

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Jan-11-13 9:40 AM

"I'm spending some time trying to dig back and discover, 'What were they thinking when they did that?"

And, finally, the $ 20,0000 question. Well, way more than $ 20,000, but it's just a figure of speech.

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Jan-11-13 9:39 AM

Isn't this the same shopping ;ist she cited in the property taxation of former non profits article?

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Jan-11-13 9:36 AM

"She did say increasing the city's debt balance could be an option to fund improvements, if handled properly."

Debt balance? Really? You mean raise taxes, right?

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Jan-11-13 9:35 AM

"We are looking at the (traffic) light on Pennsylvania (Avenue) and Liberty (Street)," Freenock said. "I think that's going to go back in eventually. We have the lights. We have all of the parts. It was intended to go back in."

I believe that it was intended to be replaced in Phase II of Streetscape. No to the light and expensive heated sidewalk replacement.

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Jan-11-13 9:33 AM

"What we're hoping to do is (take) the money that was going to be used to re-align Clark Street, since the hotel and convention center looks like it is not going to happen,"

"She listed sidewalk work in other sections of town, rehabilitation work at the municipal building and resurfacing work at the Midtown Parking Lot as possible projects that could be funded with the convention center money."

Ahhh, What convention center money? Isn't the City repaying a debt for the electrical connection over a long term already? Remember the active investigation?

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Jan-11-13 9:30 AM

"and will be looking at its options concerning the failed convention center project agreements and the Clark Street Parking Garage."

Might I recommend that the City does nothing with the failed convention center project at leat until the results of the investigation are known. Who directed GROWarren to go ahead with the electrical connection?

Let's not start on Big Blue.

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Jan-11-13 9:26 AM

"We're not trying to make a profit," she said. "We're here to provide the best service that we can. That's our goal."

Maybe if the City looked at it more as a business they would be in better shape. Businesses have to tighten their belts in lean times, why not the City?

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Jan-11-13 9:24 AM

Where to begin?

"It has a number of wonderful assets and I hope we can exploit that."

You probably could have chosen a better word that "exploit".

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Jan-11-13 6:15 AM

No, the City of Warren in not the big bad wolf, just a bunch of incompetent boobs that are fast and loose with other peoples money.

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