|Hayden "The Colonel" Phillips|
Easton, which has agreed to contribute up to $30 million of the projected $130 million cost, already has an agreement to purchase Days Inn. That aging hotel will be demolished and replaced with a 170,000 sq ft facility that includes a science center, a 500,000 gallon aquarium with large view panes, an Aquarium Restaurant and event center with seating for 500, an immersion theater, a creativity studio or "Fab lab," classrooms and offices.
But Erickson never bothered telling NorCo Council, when she pitched successfully for a $50,000 grant, that a similar project was under consideration in Monroe County. Nor did she tell them when she later came back in a failed attempt for another $50,000.
So on Thursday, she was back before NorCo Council again.
"I'm happy to entertain any questions you might address," she said. .
Hayden Phillips told her he was "disappointed" that she said nothing.
Amazingly, Erickson only knew about this because Diane Donaher, NorCo's former Director of Community and Economic Development, told her. Donaher told Erickson, but never bothered to tell Council Erickson explained that she had no idea of the plan was moving ahead or not, so she never told Council. Phillips found that explanation to be "disingenuous."
"I am so tired of lies and speculation it's unbelievable," echoed Bob Werner.
Glenn Geissinger,however, supported the radio silence.He said it is "absolutely unreasonable to have asked you to notify us of a project that may or may not exist."
Whether it exists or not, NorCo Council should have been told about it before being asked to shell out $50,000 in what is almost certainly wasted public money.