Wednesday, December 21, 2011

More "congratulations and accolades" for our "rigid ideologue" mayor Janice

from today's Detroit Free Press:
As decisions by city councils go, the 4-3
vote Monday by the Troy City Council to
turn down $8.5 million to build a transit
center on the Birmingham border was
about as dumb as they come -- and that's
saying plenty.

The station would have not only provided a
signature connection between Amtrak and
local transit and taxi service, but also
would have served as Oakland County's
major station
, with special bays, for the
new rapid transit bus system. The $500-
million proposal by Gov. Rick Snyder must
now find added money to build a
designated rapid transit station in Oakland
County.

The Troy council majority also capitulated
to silly and self-defeating anti-poor and
ethnic stereotypes about who benefits from
transit.
Who would benefit from the 2,500-
square-foot transit center, near Maple
Road and Coolidge, and the economic
development it attracted? Everyone. That's
why employers and Snyder backed it.

Troy Chamber of Commerce President
Michele Hodges told the council the center
would have provided "our city's future
competitive opportunity." Nearly two dozen
executives from major Troy employers,
including Beaumont Hospital,
stood behind
her in support. In fact, the economic fallout
from the council's stupidity came quickly. 
In a letter to the Troy Chamber of Commerce,
a spokesman for Magna International, a
large auto supplier based in Troy, said the
company is unlikely to expand in Troy and
may scale back operations in Oakland
County because the City Council rejected
the transit center.

Let's see council members and the mayor
run for re-election on that record.

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, a rigid
ideologue, argues that the city should pay
for the project on its own.

News flash, mayor: Your city has already
paid.


Federal money comes from local
communities, which reap some of the
benefits when money returns to them.
Unfortunately, this $8.5 million won't return
to Troy. It will go to Portland, Denver or
maybe even Grand Rapids, where far-
sighted leaders have embraced transit and

other regional opportunities. Troy's
rejection of the grant won't save the federal
government a dime; the money will just go
to a rail project elsewhere.

Troy would have distinguished itself as a
transit center and transit-friendly
community -- an important tag for young
professionals who drive the new economy.
Amtrak -- which will expand service to
Chicago, including high-speed train travel
-- already uses the corridor for three daily
roundtrips to Chicago.

Political myopia undercuts progress, and
Troy's elected officials demonstrated no
shortage of it. The bus and rail nexus could
have become an important hub for a
regional system that has eluded this area
for decades.

After Monday's vote, there is no longer,
officially, enough time to design and build
the transit center before a completion
deadline of Oct. 1, 2013, set by the U.S.
Department of Transportation.

If voters can't find a way to reverse this
decision, they at least ought to remember
who made it.

4 comments:

  1. We need to find a way to recall Daniels before she does more damage to our city.

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  2. Sorry folks, many thinking people including liberals, conservatives, Republicans, Democrats, the religious and the non-religious, saw this coming. Just look at those who endorsed Ms. Beltramini as opposed to those who supported Ms. Daniels.
    Unfortunately, rhetoric and volume out campaigned facts and class.
    The architect of this strategy? Commissioner Robert Gosselin. Look up the details of bills he sponsored as a State legislator; short on substance big on political ideology. Commissioner Gosselin has held one political office or another

    for the last 19 years; in other words, he's now a career politician. Hey, has anyone checked to see if he's collecting any tax payer supported benefits his legislative career. If you want to know what he's like just talk to him sometime; better yet have the audacity to disagree with his world view.
    The baseball stadium (the sites still a muddy field), the I-75/Long Lake interchange (the residents knew that exit was on the drawing board when they bought their homes - remember the sign the City at the proposed location?), the Hooters battle (I don't like the name much; but, the law was on their side) and now the Transit Center. Look it up, same people involved.
    Sorry, i saw this coming.

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  3. Synder says he will designate a rapid transit station in Oakland County and we should try to have him put in Troy because we do deserve to have. It would be the sweetest revenge also.

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  4. Interesting that in a recent Oakland Press publication, Bob Gosselin, Oakland County Commissioner, owes 2009 taxes on his property in Troy. I guess he IS all about "low" taxes. So while we are bearing the brunt of low revenues, he continues to complain about things in Troy, costs us $$$ by pulling the strings of the three naysayers on council, and HE DOESN'T EVEN PAY HIS TAXES!! Is this part of their ideology too? What's next?

    He is a County Commissioner! What's wrong with this picture? Voters beware of politicians bearing Gosselin/Clark affiliation. Look what it has cost us so far.

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