How is it a small, rural municipality can be taken over by a few citizens and operated solely for their own benefit?
Promising that allowing the sale of liquor would benefit the community cash flow and augment the cost of the police department was a major selling point to the voters. As soon as the voters said “yes,” the police department was eliminated, as just not needed.
A ball park, where for years many, many folks played with their families, was labeled as a waste of land. They sold it and put a park on the front lawn of the library.
There was no need for a Parks and Recreation Board so it was removed as “costing the city too much money.” Volunteers had spent two different weekends cleaning up an old building and making plans to do some other repairs – at no cost to the city. Got rid of the Parks and Rec anyway.
They stripped the playground from the Delora Doughty Royal Park because it was unsafe and convinced the citizens that they needed to donate more money for playground equipment instead of using already specified funds to repair what was already there.
Oh yes, by the way, they also stole the playground from the ball park that was paid for and installed by a Gold Girl Scout as a community project and moved it to the library lawn, passing by the Royal Park on the way.
Another really big splash was to repair and widen Rogers Road on the back side of Newark – very important to spend as much money as possible to fix a street that has no more traffic than any other street in Newark and take people’s yards in the process. Why?
Now City Hall is too small and in such bad shape that the library had to be reduced and put in an old building that required a lot of money to fix it up so City Hall could be moved to where the library was. Now it’s time to sell the old City Hall building – got to pay for all that “progress.”
Oh, well. Apparently there is a lot of money being made from all the beer sales, and this is making Newark prosperous.
In all that surging forward, there is the changing of different city attorneys – not sure if they are not getting paid for all the litigation or quitting the city because of lack of ethics. There has been a great deal of tax money spent trying to take a citizen’s land at the end of Killough Street. It never has been clear as to why so much money was spent so freely for something that ends at the railroad track.
They made her do without water for almost a year, trying to get her gone. It did not happen, and we, the taxpayers, just keep paying for their actions.
Is this our future in Newark? Sell, spend and brag about how prosperous the town is getting? There are still a lot of empty business buildings. Is that prospering?
Bonnie J. Neal