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Doubting motives for public hearing

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There is a flyer circulating among property owners in the area of College Boulevard and Grand Avenue, the site of Roswell’s new tent city. The flyer is a copy of a letter notifying interested parties of a public hearing on the site location.

My question is: Why bother with a public hearing when a decision has already been taken to move the project forward? The site is already being prepared to begin set-up. So the public hearing on the subject is really a feel-good measure to allow an uninformed council to justify their decision.

Like most other projects the city has undertaken under the Dennis Kintigh administration, there has been little or no public input or thought given to the unintended consequences of their decisions. What ever happened to transparency in city government?

For example:

• Needlessly closing the Cahoon Park pool two years ago to pave way for a new recreation center.

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• Awarding the contract for the new recreation center, without bids, and before any costs were made available.

• Diverting $500,000 of state money from the Dean Baldwin project to pay an architectural firm for drawings of the proposed recreation center.

• Raising the gross receipts tax to allegedly pay said project.

• Selling off an appraised $165,000 city asset for $30,000 to a city employee.

• Spending $600,000 for five “welcome to Roswell” signs.

• Moving the homeless into the center of Roswell’s business district.

We need to hold each of these councilors accountable next municipal election. Check their voting record, check their attendance record and follow the money.

Fred Moran
Roswell