June 20, 2017
City of Monticello officials have been in talks with USDA-Rural Development since early March about a new ‘megasite’ off Hwy 11 South at Feldspar Rd. according to open records received from the USDA.
The most recent meeting was June 8 between USDA, Stone Workman, Doug White, and the City engineers for the project, Gresham-Smith Partners.
Even though there have been at least two meetings, and possibly more with USDA, according to City officials, there are absolutely no documents available for the public to see.
You can find as much information as we have been able to gather here:
CITY TO PURCHASE NEW MEGASITE—COST UNKNOWN TO PUBLIC—40 YEARS OF DEBT TO BUY
Since the public has become aware of the Megasite proposal, the City ran the following “Public Notice” on page 11 of the June 15, 2017 edition of The Monticello News. The notice was very small and next to the classified ads, making sure it would not get too much attention.
Will this be the ONLY notice the public gets that city of Monticello will apply for a 40 year loan (that is not mentioned in the notice)? Why are the citizens being misled by using the word “funding” instead of loan?
Will there be NO public input? The talk we hear is that it is absolutely a done deal and the public’s only input will be their tax money to pay for it.
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed, can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.