Bob Werner, who represents the Easton district on Council, also wants Northampton County to give $50,000 to the DaVinci Science Center for a feasibility study on a $130 million aquarium in downtown Easton. This would be in addition to $50,000 in hotel taxes that were already provided.
"When Jeffrey Parks came here, and wanted money for [Artsquest],he had all this stuff done already," noted Ken Kraft, who represents the Bethlehem district on Council. "I think it's really premature to throw money at a pipe dream. ... You keep coming back to the trough and I say No." Council President John Cusick shared Ken Kraft's concerns. "The taxpayers need to hold onto their wallets," he said.
The feasibility study alone will cost $1.2 million. There was no indication that anyone else has contributed to this study, although DaVinci has hired a magnificent fundraiser.