2 months, 3 weeks ago by Bob Gough
TUESDAY'S BLOG...as it just passed the stroke of 12.
I can't believe I might be writing my last piece on hydro.
Paul Havermale called it a five-letter word at Monday's Council meeting, rightfully equating it with four-letter dirty words.
Hydro ended John Spring's mayoral career and it was getting ready to take out a few aldermen before it finally came to a wheezing halt.
I think hydro actually ended two weeks ago with the bungled backdoor committee that was being positioned to prop hydro up for a few more weeks...months...maybe years. While the men who were appointed are all community minded and did nothing wrong, the way it was foisted on us was so shady that it was the tainted icing on a stale seven-year cake. If not for that major screw-up, this thing actually might have limped on.
I had a friend ask me Monday if I had a theory on why the hydro supporters were "making fools of themselves" to continue to attempt to push it through. He surmised that it was just to prove they could still peddle influence. That's probably the gist of it.
But the "we speak with one voice/life is good" crowd seems to be suffering from laryngitis these days. Let's hope they focus their energies on tangible projects and realistic goals and stop creating the illusion of activity with bloviating busywork.
The Quincy City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on the resolution to enter into a Letter of Intent and proposed agreement with Coastal Hydropower to develop hydropower generating facilities at Lock and Dams 24 and 25, currently under control of the City of Quincy.
This was tabled for one month on a motion of Alderman Dan Brink (R-6th Ward) because at that meeting there were only 12 of 14 aldermen present.
Let's hope all of the aldermen show up tonight.
A no vote means the City can move on with more important matters and not play the wishing game for millions of dollars of revenue that might, possibly, maybe could come to the city in 10, 15 or 20 years.
A yes vote is essentially playing the lottery that this money will come and the city will waste more time and, probably, money, before there is maybe, possibly, some revenue in 10, 15 or 20 years.
In case you forgot, the City has already lost $5 million on Hydro with the failed effort at Lock and Dam 21.
The point that the City has serious issues to deal with became even more evident with Friday night's fire and the current demoltion of the Newcomb Hotel, which will end up costing the city more than $1 million in the loan that wasn't repaid and the demolition cost. That's on top of deciding what to do with garbage and recycling pickup, the EPA mandated runoff issues it has to deal with and the needed upgrades/possibly new facilities for the water and wastewater plants.
Hydro is not a golden goose to pay for all of this. Those who believe it is have other agendas, whether it is their own politcial futures or their attempts to curry favor with those they believe to have influence. The defeat of the backdoor committee to study hydro was a blow to that group and it will be interesting to see that camp's reaction as tonight's events unfold.
Anyway, we'll have tonight's City Council meeting live on QJTV. Get your popcorn.