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YA BORROW 21 MILLION AND WHATAYA GET, A BIG EMPTY BUILDING & A WHOLE LOTTA DEBT.

OUR TAXES COVER LOSSES BUT EVEN SO, WE MIGHT OWE THE TOWN TO MES-I-ROW.

(with apologies to the late Tennessee Ernie Ford and George S. Davis)

Why is the village still chasing after a $21 million loan?  This is the question on the minds of many Lemont citizens even as negotiations continue with Mesirow Financial to secure financing for the “rental sports complex” project.   Many estimate that the loan will In fact be a lot closer to forty million dollars when borrowing costs and interest are thrown in.  But what exactly are our local honchos planning to do with the dough?

Of course some folks immediately point for answers to the various studies the village paid for and the FAQs they prepared.  These are all available at the village web site (see link below):

http://www.lemont.il.us/index.aspx?NID=468

What you learn from these sources is that the village plans to erect an indoor sports building with two turf soccer fields that is somewhere between 122,000 square feet on the low end and up to 160,000 square feet on the high, depending on which of four sources you refer to.  There will also be two full-sized lighted multi-use outdoor turf fields.  A 3,000 seat outdoor theater and a walking path along the Sanitary and Ship Canal are planned.  One source touts a children’s spray pad, another mentions a winter ice skating rink, an amenity oft mentioned and very dear to Mayor Reaves.  Indoors there will also be two convertible basketball courts, party room(s) and concessions.  Parking for a varied number of cars is included.  All in all an extremely vague description for such an expensive endeavor, especially one being foisted upon the public without their direct approval.  But it gets worse.

While these limited descriptions of the project seem pretty sketchy, the picture becomes even more muddled and confused when recent statements by our elected officials are thrown into the mix.  Only last month at the January 6 village board meeting Mayor Brian Reaves declared that the plan was more of a “concept”.   Trustee Paul Chialdikas suggested that the development might be a factory or “even a pancake house”, perhaps a reference to his own now defunct breakfast establishment.  This was the January 6 meeting, the same meeting where the board voted unanimously to kill the referendum that would have given the voters a voice on the matter.  It was their first ordinance action of the year.  Quite a way to kick off 2014.

The mayor has also offered other purposes for the project.  At the village board meeting on Monday February 10, he suggested that the immense capital improvement could serve to save the lives of children in the face of a growing heroin problem at Lemont High School.  He also suggested that the sportsplex would be a source of much needed revenue to meet the rising costs of village government.  Trustee Chialdikas has described it as “an economic device to create a greater value for our downtown area.”

Now we all know that it isn’t uncommon for people to save money without having an absolutely clear cut purpose.  Sometimes we save for the future.  Or for a rainy day.  Or maybe to buy a new car some day or for the kids college or a vacation or for retirement.

But when was the last time you borrowed money for no specific reason?  When have you gone into debt without being able to say exactly what you planned to do with the cash?  Yet our village wants to borrow millions for a “rental sports complex” or for a “concept” or an “economic device “or maybe a “factory”.  Or it could be a panacea for an apparent growing drug problem.  It might be to serve as the solution for our town government’s budgetary woes.  Or it could just be for a “pancake café”.

Sometimes the best way to move forward is to start over.  The Village of Lemont should cease any efforts to borrow money until they can explain clearly and completely and in exacting detail what precisely they intend to do with this loan and have secured the approval of the people of Lemont.

LET US VOTE!

 

Jim Ladas

 


B.S. Buster February 27, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Boy aren't you a sea of positivity!
Victor Fischer February 27, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Just stating the facts. Been in this town a lot longer than you and know much of the history, how about you, B.S. aka Todd. We once supported three hardware stores and numerous ma and pa grocery stores. Unfortunately many retired and are no longer with us. The businesses ceased to exist along with them. What followed were resale and antique shops. Suggest you visit the historical society and see what Lemont was before condemning others.
B.S. Buster February 27, 2014 at 04:50 PM
The reasons you state is why they are building the 'plex. To bring family friendly spenders into the village. You have to do something different, to get different results!
Victor Fischer February 27, 2014 at 04:54 PM
You still didn't answer the question about how you are going to solve the parking problem along Main Street. You completely skated around my statement. You are nothing but a horses _ _ _. Mr. B.S. aka Todd aka _ _ _ _ _. Your real name will come to light soon enough.
Victor Fischer February 27, 2014 at 05:17 PM
Again, you haven't stated how you are going to remedy the parking problem along Main Street. Oh. that's right. You are going to get the mayor, now that he is on the metra board to provide free parking in the metra lot to anyone stopping at these facilities. You sure aren't going to get someont to walk from the parking garage to the new pizza business. Use some common sense. Again. answer the question asked in place of just flapping your jaws.
B.S. Buster February 27, 2014 at 05:20 PM
What question? What parking problem? You just fling stuff against a wall to see what will stick! Go downtown on Wednesday evening in the summer and figure out where all those people park... Everywhere! Your issue is that you look at everything so negatively you could never see a solution, only the problem. In other words, you can't see the light because your head is stuck where the sun does not shine
Alan February 27, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Where is everywhere?
B.S. Buster February 27, 2014 at 05:39 PM
It that a rhetorical question, Kerry?
Alan February 27, 2014 at 05:57 PM
Who is Kerry? How do you know what person is posting behind the name?
B.S. Buster February 27, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Because I like the politicians here! Now why did you leave the Oz you created at Hickory Hills?
Alan February 27, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Why did you leave and move here?
B.S. Buster February 27, 2014 at 06:02 PM
Because I like the politicians here! Now why did you leave the Oz you created at Hickory Hills?
B.S. Buster February 27, 2014 at 06:06 PM
All of them! Because they are good, honest, hardworking people!! Every last one
Alan February 27, 2014 at 06:12 PM
You did not answer. I am still waiting for an answer on what city you moved from.
Alan February 27, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Why did you flee the city you moved from and what city?
B.S. Buster February 27, 2014 at 06:14 PM
No I don't, because I don't want to play favorites and leave anyone out! I came here for all of them since I came here 20 years ago. I figured they are smart,hardworking, people. Snappy dressers, fine taste of wines, fashionable haircuts...
Alan February 27, 2014 at 06:15 PM
LOL
B.S. Buster February 27, 2014 at 06:22 PM
And I come here and look they got a shiny new 'plex coming and what has Hickory Hills? Their own politicians don't stay there!
Victor Fischer February 27, 2014 at 10:42 PM
Your an idiot. Wednesday night in the summer Main Street is blocked off. Are you going to block off Main Street so patrons can visit the new pizza facility. That is the parking problem. Wednesday night is completely different.
B.S. Buster February 28, 2014 at 07:22 AM
They park everywhere on Wednesday. You can't get a spot within blocks! Why are you worried about the private venture now? You aren't paying for either the 'plex or the pizza joint. You're just a beefer, political malcontent.
Alan February 28, 2014 at 09:31 PM
We all will be paying for the sportsplex if it cant pay its bills!
B.S. Buster February 28, 2014 at 09:54 PM
No, your really scared, so I wondered what of? You keep saying it's going to cost you so, how much?
B.S. Buster February 28, 2014 at 10:04 PM
Boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots
B.S. Buster February 28, 2014 at 10:10 PM
The sky is falling, the sky is falling run for your lives!
Alan February 28, 2014 at 10:11 PM
Buster ,you are your own worst enemy.
B.S. Buster February 28, 2014 at 10:39 PM
There's a red, under my bed And there's a little green man in my head And he said, "you're not goin' crazy, you're just a bit sad 'Cause there's a man in ya, knawin' ya, tearin' ya into two." Silly boy ya' self-destroyer. Paranoia, the destroyer Self-destroyer, wreck your health Destroy your friends, destroy yourself...., All over people having fun at a shiny new 'plex
Victor Fischer March 01, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Your latest comments, BS, shows just what an idiot you are. My 6 year old grandson looks to have more intelligence than your comments. boots and pants. how stupid
Victor Fischer March 01, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Don't have to! You are doing a good enough job yourself.
B.S. Buster March 01, 2014 at 03:14 PM
You are saying it wrong Victor! There's a certain rhythmic cadence to it.... Boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants
Sharon Byerly March 01, 2014 at 10:33 PM
'but many parents that I have spoken to would rather take their children to a place like Hardees, Burgerking, and McDonalds." Not any parent that cares about the health of their children!

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