Golden Valley Just Keeps Spending

April 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment


By Andrew Richter

Here’s another story from the bad joke otherwise known as the Golden Valley City Council;

An electronic message board is being planned for the intersection of Winnetka Avenue and Golden Valley Road, immediately west of the Golden Valley Civic Center. The board, designed to replace the existing city hall sign that does not have variable message capabilities, will display upcoming city meetings and events, as well as community events that meet guidelines for accessibility and public interest.

The current sign does not have variable message capabilities. The new LED message board will have multi-message, full-color capabilities.

Oh yippy!!

The Golden Valley City Council on April 3 was expected to award a $27,175 contract to Sign Source Creative Solutions for the project. Additional electrical work is expected to total approximately $5,300. The city council allocated $40,000 for the project on March 19.

So that’s $32,175 of tax taxpayer money!

“The hope is to have the sign constructed later this summer,” said Cheryl Weiler, Golden Valley’s communications manager.

The Golden Valley Federated Women’s Club has pledged $14,300 to the project. Other civic groups are contemplating donations. Partnering organizations will be listed on a permanent plaque on the sign. They also will be given an opportunity to use the sign to publicize upcoming and events that meet parameters for public inclusion.

Don’t these groups have better things to spend this money on?

According to city officials, messages posted on the board must be open to the public and be pertinent to Golden Valley residents and-or businesses. Messages will be limited in length and must conform to the city’s electronic sign ordinance.

Message wording must be submitted in writing at least two weeks before the message needs to begin running. Only one message per group will be displayed on the board at one time. City-sponsored events and activities will have first priority.

Of course, government comes first.

Acceptable organizations include Golden Valley nonprofit service groups (Rotary, Lions, Optimists), public schools located in Golden Valley or serving the city, and athletic associations working in conjunction with the Golden Valley Parks and Recreation Department.

Well, ain’t that great; Golden Valley has a $1.2 million surplus and won’t give a nickel back to the taxpayers who overpaid their bill. Then they blow $32,000 on a sign, implement a new tax utilities, and now they may receive $200,000 in LGA!

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Where is the outrage at this council????

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Entry filed under: City Government, Community, Golden Valley, Mayor, Taxation.

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