Mo’ Money Mo’ Money Mo’ Money Mo’ Money Mo’ Money
Regular readers of this blog are well aware of our low tolerance for the “tom foolery” that is “business as usual” at the City of Eureka. Even the most ardent defenders of their “chicanery” are having a hard time explaining away the blatant attempt to hide pertinent information from the tax payers.
Although you wouldn’t know it from the Times-Standard reporting, this Tuesday’s Eureka City Council meeting includes 2 agenda Items for some more big ticket spending on the Martin Slough Interceptor.
Item 8 on the agenda is there on line for the public to read and study. Item 8 purposes to allocate $225,000 more dollars for consulting on phase 2C of the Martin Slough Interceptor project. The very thing the City refused to do for Apex Drilling.
Oh but wait, Item 16 reads; “Authorize additional expenditure of Waste-water Bond funds needed to complete the force main project, ready for use in transporting waste-water collected within the Martin Slough Interceptor basin; and Authorize staff to negotiate and execute a Contract Change Orders(s) with Wahlund Construction to cover the final construction work and extended construction time..”
You might be wondering why we’re not lambasting the millions more they’ll be handing to Wahlund Construction. The answer is simple: the City accidentally (on purpose?) put up a document from 2005 under the title of Item 16 on their website, and that document has nothing to do with the pipeline!!! As Dana Carvey’s Church Lady would say “How con-VEEN-ient!”
So our guess is another 7 figures will go into Wahlund Constructions coffers. But who really cares? It’s not like the City of Eureka is in such dire financial straits that they need to raise taxes or terminate police officer positions…..oh wait….that’s exactly what’s happening.
We’re sure some commenter will point out that the money for Dave Tyson’s “Cutten Crap Express” pipeline comes from waste-water bonds and not the general fund. But here’s the rub; some of the money to pay off those bonds does come from the general fund, and from the ratepayers in Eureka. Money spent by City of Eureka comes from taxpayers, make no mistake about it.
Paid your water bill lately?
Editor’s note: we expect that shortly after we post this story the City will fix its online agenda pack (item 16). The point is that agenda is put out on the Friday before Tuesday night’s Council meeting leaving a narrow window to study an issue and make informed comment. We are now less than 48 hours away from the meeting.