This is really scary. Please read the comments under this post. No one is holding the city administration accountable. No one. LNP gives them a total pass and has for years.
There will be more tomorrow.
IT NEVER HURTS…
Remember the above (click here for the original)? Well Tony Dastra followed up with Hopkins to find out how the city resolved this mess of their own making. I got a phone call that I had to take during the three hour meeting, but I came in at the end of this and I will try to publish a transcript.
Tony asked Hopkins if they took back the warehouse by eminent domain. Hopkins said, “no.” He then asked if it had gone to court. Hopkins said, “no.” Then Tony asked Hopkins how much the city paid Wacker to get out of the lease. Hopkins said he couldn’t remember (lol!). And Tony finished up with (LNP reporters please take note) that he would like to know and if Hopkins could please look it up and let him know at the next meeting. Good job, Tony! And if he doesn’t tell the public I will put in a Right-to-Know request.
And Wacker is doing well! Click here for the March LNP story, “Wacker’s Roadhouse opens in Willow Street; new taproom for historic Lancaster brewery.” Will they give Lancaster residents a free beer? It never hurts to ask!
I got your attention now, didn’t I? Yes, test #3 involves beer and the Wacker Brewing Company! Will there be a free beer for everyone? Stay tuned…
Now this is not really a test but it is a comment. Hopkins told city council on Monday that in addition to the $1,200,000 they need for construction of the fire stations that they also need a “contingency fund” for the East King Street fire station. Why? Hopkins said there have been 5 or 6 fire stations built at that location and (gasp and cue the creepy music) no one knows what is below the station! I think Hopkins’ calculator might be below the station – but seriously, five or six? That is extremely doubtful and it’s probably more like three. And you mean there are no records or blueprints from the previous constructions? Maybe they should check out the Historical Society. They can x-ray every inch of a human body but they don’t know what is under the East King Street fire station? It is simply absurd! How does this man keep his job?
At Monday’s city council committee meeting, Tony Dastra asked one of the candidates for the Planning Commission, “How much does a dollar cost?”
Let’s find out if Patrick Hopkins knows!
So once again, Hopkins showed the above slide and said the city needs $1.3 million dollars more for the construction of the two fire stations – the one on West King and the one on East King Street. Now Hopkins said the city has a note – otherwise known as a loan – taken in 2019 for $9,040,000, The rate on the loan is 2.82% interest for the first ten years and then a variable rate for the next ten years with a cap of 5%. Now someone told Hopkins that they can now get a loan with a rate of $2.63% interest for the first ten years and with the same variable rate for the next ten years again with a cap of 5%.
Now, get your calculators and let me know if this will save $1.3 million dollars and how could they possibly know the ultimate savings/cost with a variable rate for ten years?
Coming later today: Three tests to see if city Business Administrator Patrick Hopkins has a clue and can do basic math! Get your pencils and erasers ready.
I was going to lead into this with a “cute” story about my taking economics in college and how it caused such a panic that I almost didn’t recover. But LNP’s editorial today dampened all my joy (more on that later) and I’m going straight to the testing and I plan to end up with Brittany Porreca and how she can work as an administrative assistant if she is permanently and totally disabled! Oh, and where is LNP?
The below post on the “Agape Care, Home Care” Facebook page came down fast and is no longer there. I am doing some research this afternoon. Please check back tomorrow.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
WHY DIDN’T THE POLICE
PUT HER ON DESK DUTY?
From the “Agape Care, Home Care” Facebook page.
City council just voted to give Brittany Porreca a disability retirement pension because she had a “permanent and total disability” while working for the Lancaster City Police Department (click here).
Why didn’t the police put her on desk duty? How can she be employed?
Please check back later today for this developing story.