In the June 28th Banner report, front page reports “ Southside Redevelopment seeks public awareness”, again I am reinforced as to why I have formed this Bradley County News blog site. The “other story was left out of the headlines, I like to either call it lazy reporting or purposeful deceptive reporting, either way the details are missing.
The Southside Development Board revealed and from this day forward I will defer to them as the SSD Gang! The Southside Development Gang, and you will quickly see why the name fits.
Tom Wheeler-Cleveland Utilities General Manager, Chairman of Board
Tom Rowland- City Mayor, Lee U Alumni, TACIR Vice Chair
Doug Berry-Chamber of Commerce VP of Economic Development
Matt Coleman-Attorney at Jimmy Logan-Thompson, PC, Specialty- Commercial law and Dog Bite Claims
Bill Estes- City Council (D3), Lee U faculty, Habitat for Humanity Board, Attorney
Jeff Morelock-County Commisioner
Connie Gatlin- Owner Cleveland City Ballet housed in the Old Woolen Mill building
City Staff members- Unknown presumed to be:
Greg Thomas- Community Development Center Director
Joe V. Williams- Community Development Center, Louisville LandCompany, Fort Hill Cemetary Owner
Gary Farlow- Chamber of Commerce President/CEO
Johnathan Jobe-Stormwater Program Manager, Civil Engineer
Melinda Carroll-Assistant City Manager
I am not sure who the City Staff members will be, although I have a few reporters on this now. It appears that the “regular citizens” have been left off this board and opportunistic entrepeneurs on the board to facilitate the grand scheme of things as if to slow our progressive county from growing big.
This is a very elusive factor that was left out of the article in the banner. The Banners response was “it was early yet and no noone knows what it will cost the taxpayers”, Mr Kevin Brooks our 24th District State Representative and facilatator of this hugely expensive and expansive tax burdened bill doesn’t know and has deferred any questions such as this to the SSD Gang, as he responded via email yesterday. (he didn’t use the term SSD GANG, that one is all mine), Mr Geral McCormick States Representative in Chattanooga does not know what this will cost you, Mrs Joanne Favors, Co-sponsor of the bill does not know what this will cost. The Mayor of the City Tom Rowland does not know, Mayor Gary Davis, County Mayor doesn’t know, nobody but this taxpayer seems to know or at least I have a good idea. Lets see 90 acres x 4 to 5 large buildings needing clean up, bringing all these buildings up to specifications per EPA guidelines, A multi level TOM ROWLAND CIVIC CENTER, yeah baby there goes some cost, plumbing, sewer, water, utilities, parking, sidewalks, office buildings, new industry, tax breaks to them, schools, roads, I could go on and on but I think you are intelligent enough to see that yhis will easily get into the hundreds of millions of dollars and to think we cant even get a set of $1200 dollar speakers for the Bradley County Commission Court room because we are broke! The City and its noble Mayor Rowland and his court have also voted YES on the BCC Loint Strategic Growth Plan that will complement this development on the Southside and run into the billions when it is all said and done. My question is “where are there minds, where will they be when all this taxpayer money runs out or goes dry?
Like it or not, if you don’t fully understand this statement, understand that this bill HB 1554 calls for the use of eminent domain to do what they want downtown, If your house is in the way, it will be moved, if it was your home it will be gone. Period!
Again, this man and his liberal policies should be so far from our county governemnt and never be allowed to advise our council and commissioners or its Mayors again. What he says is poison and is misleading and untruthful. VP of Economic Development at the C of C said if the city takes advantage of tax credits, the use of property along the Woolen Mill Branch of Mouse Creek will require very specific redevelopment goals. He, who has quickly gotten a dose of regulatory law when he squeaks out the legal sounding words, “ Public input is required under redevelopment laws, This is not just to make another industrial site”
At first this was going to be a clean up project of the old Maytag site, at least that was what was being reported, now, it is a “multi use redevelopment utilizing open space and addressing the issues of improved transportation, recreation and housing infrastructure” he also discussed developing the creek along Wildwood Avenue to the Village Green” says Doug Berry. Dr Ron Coleman Im guessing by the looks of the wording in the Banner wants the Hardwick Clothes and Whirlpool Corporation cleaned up, Connie Gatlin wants a performing arts center and City Councilman Richard Banks wants a Tom Rowland Convention Center and of course Jimmy Logan, Bank of Cleveland and Bradley County for making huge investments in downtown. Tom Wheeler even says we need to establish a connection with adjoining neighborhoods. Cha Ching can you hear the taxpayer dollars hitting the pavement and the SSD GANG knocking on your door to take your keys to your home?
Another Doug Berry mistruth!
“While property values would increase, property taxes would NOT NECCESARILY increase unless the property is sold for another use. He is I believe referring to Capital gains tax, not property tax. IF YOUR PROPERTY TAX VALUE GOES UP YOUR TAXES WILL GO UP! PERIOD! NO DEBATE. I havent been the victim of one “voted on” property tax increase in this county but my property value has been assessed and I did receive a new property value and I do p[ay higher taxes on my property. So for him to say that when your property value goes up you will not pay new taxes is a mistruth and a flat out lie. In fact HB 1554 is designed to be paid for by the difference in your EAV (initial property value) and the redeveloped selling price, the difference in the two is one funding source for this bill! So don’t hand us a line of bull Mr Berry, the informed public can see right through the smoke screen.
Turned down by the EPA!
Yes they did! We were turned down for the US Environmental Protection Agency National Brownfields Program Grant Competition, but the city was encouraged to re submit after the 2012 fiscal year. Even the EPA in all its glory, regulation and international Cap and Trade leanings sees this as more than a Brownfields project. Little know fact that, CAP and Trade was not successful but by a series of Executive Orders the president is able to manipulate the public with EPA Guidelines and reccomendations. In other words who needs Congress, Senate or the will of the people, we have the President with a separate agenda.
The SSD Gang has moved into Bradley County with much fanfare from our elected officials, very little information to the public and yet again the local media and its ultra left agenda have left out the many details. Once again the general public taxpayer is getting the shaft by the well intended frequently mislead politician, Again the wool is being placed over your eyes in hopes no one will notice or care. Again I am showing the other news behind the headlines. Pass this around, information to the public rules! The last thing they want is forJohn or Susy Q Public to be informed and then act upon that information, information with action will spur real change, get the hint?