Saturday, September 19, 2009
THE GUARDIAN has been made aware of a level of service for the Oregon based TVCC project that no developer has ever received by Caldwell city officials. The following is an excerpt from an email that went out to city officials:
I believe that I have included all the pertinent staff in this email. Attached to this email is a DRAFT time schedule for the plan review, building permit issuance, construction commencement and the date of the new TVCC building to be constructed where the H&H Heating and Cooling building sits right now.
Please note the most applicable dates to reviewing staff:
10/23/2009: Submittal of Grading and Foundation Permit Application
10/30/2009: Permit issued for Grading and Foundation
12/08/2009: Submittal of Building Permit Application
12/15/2009: Permit issued for Building-Core and Shell
We will have 6 business days to review and issue the foundation permit.
We will have 6 business days to review and issue the Core and Shell Building Permit
Hopefully this is enough advanced warning that we can plan accordingly....."
The Guardian would like to point out no developer that has come to Caldwell has received this much fast track service. To that end city officials dragging things out have cost Caldwell the loss of three BIG BOX RETAILERS. Word from developers is Caldwell elected officials would not even take the time to meet with one of the three BIG BOX STORE development people when they came to town. Their comment was "we don't really want $8-$10/hr jobs for Caldwell". (BIG BOX 1, a membership retailer, BOG BOX 2, a building materials retailer, BIG BOX 3 a food and merchandise retaler.)
Millions of your property tax dollars are about to get spent without a vote, any input or oversight. Mayor Nancolas proclaims, Urban Renewal board confirms and we get to pay.
We have governance by Mayoral Proclamation in Caldwell. They do not want nor need voter input on big dollar city projects. Consensus building and voting are not needed in Caldwell. Urban Renewal money is Caldwell property tax dollars diverted to the urban renewal agency. They spend your money with no voter oversight on all of these big dollar projects.
Mayor Nancolas needs to tell us just who asked for TVCC in downtown, how much the project will cost taxpayers and where the money will come from to pay the bills on this project. At this juncture there has been zero taxpayer oversight on this project. No advisory vote as promised in the spring of this year has taken place yet tens of millions will be spent on this project before completion.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 3:43 PM