FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail IS IT TRUE the City of Evansville doesn’t have a revenue problem but they do have a spending problem? IS IT TRUE we are told that several area ministers met last Sunday to plan a meeting for this coming Thursday at Memorial Baptist Church? …we are told that the main subject to be discussed at this meeting will be about the rampant violent crimes in our community? …that leaders of the local neighborhood associations are also invited to attend this event? …we hope that members of the local media and law enforcement will be invited to attend this meeting? …it takes a community working hand in hand with local law enforcement to fight crime?IS IT TRUE their have been clues that things were going wrong for at least ten years? …over the years city officials found hypodermic needles, liquor bottles left on slide boards, and used condoms tossed about in a kids play ground?…a poverty rate of over 20% for the general population and well over 33% in selected challenged neighborhoods was also a clue that went unnoticed in favor of fun and games projects?…when Tom Barnett, the former Director of the Evansville DMD let it be known that 10,000 houses in Evansville needed many thousand of dollars in repairs to be habitable, that was a clue but the spending on political pork barrel and patronage projects continued?…at one point Evansville was leading the nation in meth lab busts? …back then meth was the biggest drug problem in town and a child’s bicycle was the signal that meth was available was a clue?…that rampant opioid use was a clue until the punchbowl was moved and out of town heroin dealers filled the void was a clue?…we would like to know what the next clue may be?IS IT TRUE that the most effective and knowledgeable elected public official in Vanderburgh County is James Raben (R)? IS IT TRUE in questionable and incompetent political move that former Mayor Weinzapfel made was to grant an incentive of $900,000 to renovate the McCurdy to a political supporter of his from Indianapolis who basically took the money and never did the job he promised to do?… during that time Weinzapfel proceeded to march a group of senior citizens living at the McCurdy up the street to another location leaving the building empty for about 3,300 days before the Kunkel Group eventually turned the old place into apartments?IS IT TRUE last year we reported that out of town developers were planning to renovate the former Old National Bank tower at 420 Main Street in downtown Evansville have run into a snag in getting the project financed?…the 18 story building which has been sparsely occupied since ONB moved out many years ago? …last years announcement about a $25 million dollar upgrade to this building had lots of people excited? …this building has been “available” for less than $5 Million for over a decade?…this sounds very much like the problems with financing that several hotel proposals ran into during the push for a downtown convention hotel that ended up with a government handout of $20 plus million to get the deal moving forward?…it is extremely disappointing that after all of these years that an investment group can’t secure a $25 million dollar loan to bring the 420 Building into the 21st Century? …this building is in now back on the market?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: If the general election was held today for 8th District Congressmen who would you vote for?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE FILES, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE: Any readers comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers Is It True that the #1 community cheerleader is none other than Mayor Winnecke? …that Amy Word-Smith is the number #2 community cheerleader?IS IT TRUE we are pleased with way that County Commissioner Ben Shoulders (D) and City Council members Justin Elpers (R) and John Hayden (R) are conducting themselves in doing the peoples business? We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that some of the questionable political decisions made by former elected officials inspired us to invent the character named “SNEGAL”? …for those who may have forgotten what “SNEGAL” stands for is “SNEAKY BUT LEGAL”? …we have decided to insert a picture of “SNEGAL” in todays “IS IT TRUE” article because we feel this coming election cycle will provide us with many more “SENGAL” moments?IS IT TRUE yesterday we predicted that the new leadership of City Council will be totally different then in years past? …we predicted that 6th Ward Councilmen Jim Brinkmeyer (D) will be elected council president? …we projected that City Councilman Dr Dan Adams (D) could be elected council vice president? …we aren’t surprised that Councilmen Jonathan Weaver (D) was appointed as chairmen of the powerful Finance and Budget committee? …the City County Observer predictions about yesterday City Council re-organization election was spot on?IS IT TRUE last year we dubbed the segment held at the end of City Council that allows public comments as the “3 Minutes of Censorship”? …that former City Council President Missy Mosby declared last year that City Council could only allow members of the public the opportunity to address the City Council for only 3 minutes? …we hope that newly elected Council President Jim Brinkmeyer will amend the “3 Minutes of Censorship Rule” to something more reasonable?IS IT TRUE the CPA firm of London-Witte advised the Winnecke Administration to implement a “budget spending plan” more than three (3) years ago? …as of today “budget spending plan“ has been developed by the Winnecke administration? …we hope that the newly appointed City Council Finance and Budget Chairmen, Jonathan Weaver will immediately begin to develop and implement a “budget spending plan” for the good of the taxpayers of this community?