I have recevied several questions from residents and have been mildly irritated by the press coverage of the Pony Express statue. I will post this blog for the 818 voters that value open and transparent government and are worthy of an explanation.
The following is from various emails that I sent to constituents.
The actions following the initial vote on the statue were not trumpeted so loudly in the press. Nor were the details of the original purchase accurately presented. So what else is new? ;)
However, for your information, the purchase of the statue by the city will not be made. The seller did not accept the original terms of the contract that was approved by the tie-breaking vote of Mayor Jackson. A counter proposal was not approved by the council on a 3-2 vote, so the city will not purchase the statue.
What was not made clear in any of the reporting is that the statue was to be purchased through fund raising efforts and other grant money that did not come out of the city's general fund. Only a portion of the funds had been raised so far and that is the primary reason that the majority of the council voted against the purchase. I voted for the statue because of the success of fund raising that has occurred in the past. I have no doubt that Mayor Jackson, Angie Ferre, et al would have been able to raise the funds for the statue without dipping into the general fund. They had presented their plans and I felt confident that it would have worked out. However, now that the statue won't be purchase, that doesn't make any difference.
hanks for sharing your thoughts on this matter.
The reason that I voted for it last time is that I had assurance from Heather that the statue could be purchased without being paid for out city funds. She described the fund raising efforts so far and her expectations for years 2, 3, and 4. Her plans sounded great and having a statue like that in our city without soaking up city funds. If that could be done, I would be supportive. If the statute will require city funds, then I will revert to my original position of opposing the purchase.