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Look at the record and consider your source

October 18, 2012
The Alpena News

Though I am not "Conservative" I am fiscally responsible. You must invest in Alpena to move forward. My "spend-thrift administration" did support these projects: 1. Boat Hoist, at the recommendation of the Harbor Advisory Committee. Alpena has a marina and needs to get boats, of all sizes in and out of the water including the Lady Michigan. 2. Starlight Beach improvements including the pavilion, bathroom, gardens where the City invested 18 cents for every 82 cents of other money. After addressing Council, Jeff Gray offered $50,000 of NOAA money because of what beach amenities mean to the Marine Sanctuary. The new Mexican restaurant owners stated they built because the city invested there. 3. The APlex The city sold the Civic Center and there is now a tax paying business there. Instead of subsidizing that operation for $50,000 every year and facing a huge renovation bill, we partnered with the Park Family Foundation for $20,000 a year for 20 years and got a new facility, that city residents rent for reduced rates. 4. Intergovernmental Recycling a $10 annual user fee (not tax) that saves the environment; costly landfill cell space; and household costs. I now pay about $60 a year compared to over $150. If you don't use it, you don't pay thru opt-out. 5. We whole-heartedly endorsed intergovernmental cooperation, regularly attended the Council, supported its greatest ever initiative (recycling) and had dozens of agreements in place. I did say I expected Taylor to be fired if I stepped down because that had been stated if they could get one more vote. They did. Its been said I expected it because I knew he deserved to be fired and didn't have the guts to do it. That is a outright lie. Consider your sources.



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