During last Tuesday’s meeting, the city council approved another $1.04 Million dollars to complete a portion of the Martin Slough Interceptor. That is the over budget cost for Wahlund Construction to “maybe” put in the sewage line where Apex had gotten stuck. So now, instead of a potential $11.9 Million dollar boondoggle, we’re looking at a potential $13.03 Million dollar travesty. The money to fund this project is coming from Eureka Waste Water bonds. The sad part is that those bonds were supposed to fund other projects and maintenance relevant to Eureka Citizens, not their developer buddies/campaign contributors or the comatose Forster-Gill project. The developer friendly Eureka City Council just continues to use your money as “Infrastructure Welfare” for the local land speculators.
For more background, refer to our previous post’s or this Thadeus Greenson/Times-Standard article from September 12, 2010
Wastewater waste? Eureka officials deny wrongdoing after questions arise over reserve fund
The city of Eureka is in the process of reconciling funds with the Humboldt Community Services District, but officials deny that the city has done anything inappropriate with a joint wastewater reserve account both agencies have been paying into for almost two decades.
Issues surrounding the joint reserve fund have been bubbling up for almost a year now, but were thrust into the spotlight last week when Humboldt County Supervisor Bonnie Neely addressed the Eureka City Council and questioned whether the city had illegally depleted $6 million or $7 million in reserve funds by spending them on other city services or redevelopment projects.
With the city having raised wastewater rates by more than 60 percent over the next five years, Neely questioned whether the increases would be used to backfill the depleted reserve and asked the city to perform a complete forensic audit of the account.
The questions raised in this article right before the 2010 election were never adequately answered just a lot of posturing from city officials. Neely was on to something but lost the election so it was dropped
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