Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Trusting our Council will "Do Right"

It's time for our City Council to do what's right and vote to end the contract with the East Bluff Housing Services. The issue has been before the Council more times than I care to recount, but you can read about them here, here, here and here.

There are too many issues that remain outstanding.

The current contract is selling the homeowners in the East Bluff short. The East Bluff can do better and the City Council can help. If in the past the City has been lax on controls to the point that the EBHS is doing a disservice to taxpayers (which *Karrie Alms and team can show), it is time for them to go ahead and admit that this thing got away from them and it's time to pull it in.

From time-to-time the City Council has got to do right by the home owners who live in the older neighborhoods and give some incentive for living there. Now is one of those times for the Council - "Do Right".
*apologies for the mis-spelling


erin said...

I agree with you on the EBNHS. Now let's see what they actually decide.

And as I was reading PJstar today I saw this in my feed reader and thought you would enjoy it, if you haven't seen it already: http://www.pjstar.com/news/tricounty/x126577961/High-expectations-with-a-hip-hop-beat

Emerge Peoria said...

Hi Erin: I did see that. I thought it was cool, anything that gets the kids to listen, I'm all for that.

The Council's decision is highly disappointing, but for some reason, I'm not surprised.

The need to find placement for Section 8 people so they can tear down the housing projects is driving the City Council.

The East Bluff is full of rental properties that will allow the East Bluff Housing Service to operate as an arm of the Peoria Housing Authority. That is all this is about - that is why the City cares so much - the East Bluff is the path to the Riverfront.

I am speculating that the only people who would pay $800 to rent a house in the East Bluff, is a person who is receiving some type of subsidized rent (Section 8).

There is no way the home on Archer is worth $800 a month in rent.