Since when are the individuals on the LNP editorial board experts on “smart growth?” Who knew they know so much? Oh, there is something else going on here. That will be coming in the next few days.
*** Part of a comment into this site under this post is below (thank you)! It is so important to remember all of this: It was first presented to the public as costing $500,000 and 2/3 of the city would have inexpensive, high speed internet. Please make sure to read the comments under this post and thank you so much to the commenter.
The project was initially presented to the public via a LNP article on February 25, 2015 in which the city provided that the total public cost would be $500,000 and reach 2/3 of the city by the end of 2015. Initial rollout was obviously slower than advertised and at the end of 2015 the city was quoted as saying rollout to residents and businesses would be complete by the end of 2016. Rollout finally seems to have began in earnest in the spring of 2017. At some point during this delay the cost of the project skyrocketed, with no justification provided by city officials. As reported by LNP on March 1st 2017 the city had spent $1.7 million dollars on MAW and requested from approval from City Council for an additional 3 million dollars in loans to MAW. When seeking this funding approval, the City was adamant that there was little to no risk.
During the rollout (summer 2017) a series of serious mis-steps were reported that demonstrated MAW’s inability to handle this project including poor quality work, inability to maintain project schedules, and questionable IT practices.
LNP LIVESTREAM FAIL;
CITY COUNCIL SUCCESS!
In a bizarre twist last evening, LNP had a livestream fail and city council, after an initial brief hiccup, had livestream success! And what did city council do last night – they announced their vacation! You read that correctly! And yes, they all voted “aye” for the $700 an hour lawyer. Vote these fools out!
It’s a busy day – please check back later today.