Letter: Main Street Madness
Re “1 company submits bid for Main St.” (Monitor front page, Sept. 4):
As one who has observed city hall antics for decades, I can say that when city hall blunders it is usually a doozy. Such is the case with the Main Street Madness bid. It is difficult on purpose to get a handle on what the total cost of this project will be when all of the construction, consultants and design and engineering costs are added together. Others have tried, and there is no way of telling how high is high.
If this was a private-sector operation, the offending parties would be met at the door by an armed security guard, escorted to their work stations to collect personal items and then escorted off the company property. But this is city hall, and all we will receive is the vintage Concord shrug.
The city council needs to be reminded that when you are stuck at the bottom of a pit, you have to stop digging. The council and the public needs to receive a complete cost estimate of everything related directly and indirectly to the Main Street Madness and the cost of canceling existing contracts and returning the grant funds to the feds.
At one time the biggest city hall boondoggle was the Garagemahall. But when compared to the Main Street Madness, it was chump change.
ROBERT C. WASHBURN