Save West Ward
I do not understand the city's rush to demolish West Ward. I am sure those providing information massaged the facts in an attempt to justify their position. Try as hard as they could, they could not get away from the fact it will be less expensive to re-hab West Ward than build new.
If the city's engineers can not design around the structural components of West Ward, they need a new engineer.
The new project has not been approved, so why not wait until the voters have spoken? If you tear it down, I can assure you, everyone who wanted to save it, their spouses and relatives will vote against whatever plan you put forth.
After the way the city treated the county on their proposal a few years ago, and realizing if the city deal flies, it pretty much destroys chances for a new jail -- county employees, their spouses and relatives will also vote no!
All the pretty pictures you can generate will not sway voters.
So far we've been fed four different estimates and even questions by council members go un-answered.
None of us deny the need for a new fire station and cop shop, but we also need a jail. (I'm iffy on a new city hall)
Why is there never time to get it right, but there is always time to do it over again?
Do not make the irreversible mistake of tearing down West Ward!