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Emporia City Council Has Rocks In Its Head

By James Bordonaro
Opinion | March 1, 2011

EMPORIA, Kan. - Sorry I haven't posted in awhile folks but I've been busy with a city council primary race. The primary is tomorrow and if I'm fortunate enough to get into the general on April 5th I'll have even less time to keep writing but I'll try.

OK, so why am I running? Simple enough. The current city council is out of touch with the pocket book issues of the average voter.

Case in point-the council unanimously voted to spend 101, 000 on "entrance markers." These are going to be 4 limestone posts erected at each of the compass point entrances to the city and will have the works Emporia Welcome carved vertically.

Please, dear readers, prove me wrong. Flock to Emporia as soon as the first one is in place and get out of your car and take a picture and then go and spend hundreds of your dollars at our local restaurants and shops. Just keep in mind that you're the ones who will be paying for them as the money is primarily coming out of your taxes when you stay at one of our fabulous hotels on "The Strip." O.K. so it's Highway 50 not Las Vegas but you get the idea right?

All isn't lost, most of the commentators on the local newspaper's blog have decried the monuments as a waste of money but that didn't stop the city council from approving the project. So, we'll just have to wait to see if the voters actually sustain their intensity and only elect anti-monument candidates.

Unfortunately for the voters, the issue has already been decided against them and they'll just have to try to wade through the 11 candidates who are running for 3 slots and discern which candidates will support the values that are important to them.


4 Comments

Congratulations and good luck!!

I surely hope, though, that the rock posts aren't the only thing people will look at for their choice of candidates. $100k is a lot of money, but there are far more important issues that will have much longer impact.


My city, Overland Park, has done similar wasteful projects including this one called "Vision Metcalf" - http://www.opkansas.org/Doing-Business/Vision-Metcalf

I'm not sure exactly how much but was like $1.4 million to bring in these people from Texas who did this study and came up with this idea. That was about 3 years ago and since then about all we've seen are fancy brochures, some cheapo artwork, and some improved landscaping.

I remember these "citizen" meetings where had they all these people in this room to supposedly brainstorm new ideas and it really turned into a big joke. I think the few new improvements by the city council are really nothing more than a way to save face in one of the stupidest wastes of public funds I've ever seen.

So ridiculous wastes of tax dollars are not just limited to Emporia.


I don't know much about the issues in Emporia (though it seems that making the community more welcoming would be a positive step).

But "Vision Metcalf" is certainly aimed at moving OP in a better direction: livable streets vs. miles and miles of strip malls and parking lots, and 8 lanes of noisy, polluting, soul-crushing traffic.


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