Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Mayor Nancolas will present the Oppenheimer Development Groups latest effort at selling citizens of Caldwell a new city hall at the April 19th meeting of the city council.
Pretty pictures abound in this latest effort to indenture the property taxpayers of Caldwell. The Master Framework Plan does not go into much detail about how all of this is going to be paid for but there is a reference to Build America Bonds mixed in with all the other financing schemes.
THE GUARDIAN attended a service club presentation by the Oppenheimer Group on a new City Hall complex about a year ago. This iteration had a price tag of around $30 million. City Finance Director Eljay Waite disagrees with that project and the costs. So, what will it be and what will be the justification for a new city hall? The last time Mayor Nancolas was asked this question he indicated the HVAC systems in the current facilities were getting old along with some other stuff. Short answer is we really don't need a new city hall.
We now have a clearer understanding of why the downtown ordinance was changed to allow the TVCC building (cost $9.5 million) to be built next to the creek. Oppenheimer MFR shows a new city hall between the TVCC building and Blaine Street. The new and improved Master Framework Report has lots of pretty pictures and diagrams.
We are now into the 13th year of the Nancolas administration in Caldwell and downtown Caldwell is not showing many signs of life. Indeed, we are seeing an out migration of businesses falling by the wayside. King's is now closed and the South West District Health Offices looking to close in the near term and head out of downtown Caldwell. Urban renewal will expire in 2014 and just what will have been renewed. The creek got uncovered but building structures close to the creek has made the uncovering a moot issue. The view is visually obstructed with the TVCC "Big Box" and the Gazebo with more to come to obscure the view.
Stay tuned for more.... we are all in for the hard sell on a new city hall. Urban Renewal can now issue debt instruments without a vote of the people, let's see if they actually do this to property taxpayer's without their consent.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 4:53 PM