Reader sees ‘live theater’ at meeting
Letter to the Editor, The Daily Times
After the Blount County Commission meeting of Thursday, Oct. 20, I am still
shaking my head at the live theater I witnessed, and without being a member
of the actor’s guild, participated in.
Bryan Daniels leads a “coalition of businesses and economic development agencies that is marketing Pellissippi Place.” Last time I checked the $20 million plus of taxpayer money that has flowed into that 450-acre vacant skateboard park, that “investment” has yielded us, the taxpayers, a return on investment of zero! Coupled with a $2 million “spec building” in Partnership Park that has sat vacant for six years, I’ll just wait for Bernie Madoff to get released for a better investment opportunity.
Pellissippi Place backers went to Washington to solicit governmental assistance in help securing a loan to build a spec building at Pellissippi Place. If Washington and the banks won’t loan you the money, maybe it’s a really bad idea!
So what to do with the bad idea? Throw another $100 plus million down in asphalt in the form of the Pellissippi Parkway Extension on top of the bad idea and maybe people will forget about it. With $20 plus million already spent on Pellissippi (empty) Place and now we are going to pave through it and hope that R and D business comes? I don’t want to be in Blount County if a white labcoat is splitting the atom beside an interstate. I’ll pass on that one.