|A mural won't save a business|
Does this make any sense at all?
During a December 4 budget hearing, Council member Scott Parsons proposed funding the Slate Belt's Main Street Program, which is supposed to have the financial backing of the five slate belt boroughs, out of general tax revenues instead of hotel tax money. In fact, he proposed taking the money from $52,500 set aside to fix Gracedale's kitchen.
Now there's supposed to be a separate and sacred account for Gracedale. Council previously adopted precisely such a resolution. Parsons and Bob Werner were two of the loudest voices complaining that we spend Gracedale money to put out fires elsewhere. But that's exactly what happened. Unanimously, too. The very same Council which preached about diverting funds from the nursing home did exactly what they condemned. The rationale was nobody intends to fix the kitchen floor this year. It can wait.
Instead of fixing Gracedale's kitchen, this money pays for Main Street Manager Sharon Davis. But aside from Bangor and Pen Argyl, no other Slate Belt borough has signed onto the program. So Davis is doing her Main Street thing, whatever that is, for just two boroughs.
It gets better. Instead of being located in one of the Slate Belt's boroughs, eating with the troops, she's off in the countryside. Her office is located at the Tott's Gap Arts Institute in Upper Mount Bethel, home of the shit wars. While businesses in the Slate Belt dry up, she's going on goofy wisdom walks and conning the county into buying murals done by the artsy-fartsy types. This is not borough business revitalization. This is bullshit.
Her web page is a joke. It contains no links to any programs and no offers to help businesses with grants or loans.
This entire program is a waste of money and the County should pull the plug now.
A real Main Street manager would be exploring ways for boroughs to pool resources, combat the snow and keep businesses
Want a cost saving suggestion? This program is a failure and should be stopped. I won't charge $715,200 for this idea.