Machinery Row! Is dead dead dead or a new set of lies? With update!

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From The Journal Times http://journaltimes.com/business/local/racine-committee-to-discuss-machinery-row-in-closed-session/article_bfaacc4e-3fe7-5dbc-8bfc-bb987ff9130a.html

“… The Racine Executive Committee will meet in closed session at 7 p.m. today to discuss Machinery Row, the proposed mixed-use, riverfront redevelopment along Water Street. No open session will follow…”

Why what might this be about?

Could it be the fact that the loan from the city of Racine to Rodney Blackwell for this project even after an extension has not been repaid AND I can find nothing about another being granted. Might is be about that? From the records I can find (like none) there is no proof he has paid the City of Racine anything and with no signed agreement between the city and Blackwell approved by the Aldermen will he ever?

Did the City here unlike on the Main Street fiasco file a lean on the properties? Did Blackwell sign a personal responsibly note on this loan or could he simply walk away or in his case drive away?

Might it be what one discovers when searching Tax records on the properties making up Machinery Row will that be discussed?

This reporter thinks that Blackwell can not do this project and will claim to be looking for partners to help him finish something maybe low income housing maybe an Arena perhaps a Casino God knows what.

All bets are off if we ever see dime one back from yet what is looking like another failed project under Mayor Dickert

Note

there was a meeting of the Executive committee  last night on Machinery Row with no action taken, two points No action needing to be reported in the meting minuets taken. Any information given was not shared with the reporter from the Journal Times nor any Alderman said anything.

My guess and after living under Mayor John Dickert if all was going well there would have been a press event.

So the question is when will we know how bad things are in Machinery Row how will the City explain this away?

Take this opportunity to check on the project as I would and the J-T should with the property and tax records.

A search on how well Rodney Blackwell is doing with his projects in Iowa might be useful too.

Mayor John Dicker taking notes from Hoffa?

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Of course let’s lend money that should perhaps be used to fix roads to our pals!

From The Journal Times

http://journaltimes.com/news/local/proposal-to-use-k-for-small-business-loans-called-jump/article_12960afc-807a-55a2-8d46-ed504bba4758.html

From the story “… A proposal being put forward by city officials, including Mayor John Dickert and members of the City Development Department, calls for using $371,454 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds to create a revolving loan fund. The fund could be used to make loans of $25,000 or more to small businesses that employ or hire low-to-moderate income Racine residents.”  “… Loans would be ultimately be approved by the city’s Redevelopment Authority and the City Council, according to city staff, but the vetting of loan applicants would be handled by the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. and/or the Racine County Economic Development Corp….” Oh what pal of Mayor John Dickert serves on Redevelopment Authority?  A man who may sometimes not vote on issues maybe conflicts of interests?  Who is talked of by word on the streets of wanting to start a Brew Pub in Machinery Row?

But back to the story The telling part for me is this “…The money for the loan fund was made available as result of shift of CDBG funds from public infrastructure to economic development and job creation….”

Public Infrastructure  Things like Roads bridges and SIDEWALKS can you say Sidewalk fee to make up for the short fall even perhaps help put more money in what I can only see as a shush Fund for pals.

Big question when does leasing start to take place in Machinery Row  who will work that angle and how will they know (and they will know) our great Mayor.

 

 

It all started with a phone call

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About 10 days ago I got a phone call from Jim L the former County Executive based on this Photo (see above)

During the course of the phone call we spoke of many things great guy to talk with.

As you know I am no fan of his when it comes to the Marina or giving what I feel is a pass to Mayor John Dickert and what in time will be known IMHO the largest scandal in the City of Racine the whole Root Works Machinery Row deal.

Mr. L knows of this I have said as much to him.

The phone call got me thinking of why now vs when I was so much more active?

Talked to others about this a big big blank I still have no clue.

Still why became even if I am the worst writer on Earth (and I am) I still put out information that many would not want you to know.

That being news about: Hwy V in Mount Pleasant the war on Farmers or Why Caledonia T.I.F. 4  needs water and who in the GOP might be benefiting

 

The continuing saga of Root Works now including a revolving Loan Fund  using Block Grant money Or Mayor John Dickert’s pals need money far more then we need good roads!

I will add the Web Address here one I get things going

Get ready for a fun time!

 

Save the Racine Public Library From Mayor John Dickert! My view

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Full discloser I worded for the Racine  Library sometime ago

Libraries are critical what others have said

I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.

Best there is no end of what might be learned from the act of going to the Library.
When I was a child in Baraboo WI my Mom and Dad made a point of making sure did I not learn how to read they read to me at a young age and my Dad taught me how to read when I was about 4 .
Early on, I discovered  all the cool books I could get from the Baraboo Library.
Oh the world of Books the information!
After the Army I discovered  the U.W. Madison Library system with more information then I could think of ….
Even in my early days recovering from Alcoholism the  Library was a place of refuge.
Today I go to the Racine Library a few times each month.
Yes things have changed far more then just books  can be found there from programing to engage youth, DVD’s, and public Computers can be found there they can and are being used by many from Facebook to others using You Tube to discover this big world we live in.
Per $$ spent I  think there is no better investment that any City can make then the public Library.
So then why the hate from Mayor Dickert with the Cut backs?
KKK Mayor Dickert at a City meeting on Downtown Racine?
Is it to save $$ I cant think that if we can spend millions on Rootworks a million on City Hall (and his pal making Bank with the Bathrooms) could not cuts come from that? Or is there an another plan?
Why Yes Young Jedi there just might be.
I am thinking that our Real Estate maybe looking to find room for a Hotel/Convention Center where the Racine Public  Library/YMCA stand now.
Lets take a look at a map
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Why look in the upper left hand corner we have the YMCA!
What would they ever do with that Empty Building? Why of course sell in to the City or a pal of our Mayor to start this hotel/center
Yet IMHO they need more room the Library would provide this added room.
and then we have this
From the Racine Journal Times
Urban Pioneer – October 22, 2014 11:55 amIt is time for the Library to address the reality of the 21st century. Close and sell the land on Lake Michigan shoreline..It makes ZERO sense to maintain a tax dollars consuming property on land that could easily b rebuilt as a tax PRODUCING property if it was developed by the private sector. Second sell the land on Spring and Neumann Rd. Then take the combined monies and the Library’s reserve fund (Which I believe is around 10 million dollars. and build a new library on the property of the WesTowne theater. Ohio and Washington Ave. Its centrally located, and easy access for most of Racines low income students and families, and everyone else as well. Also easy access for Caledonia and Mt Pleasant users. Plenty of room for free parking. Close to shopping, groceries, the Post Office etc. This is a win-win for the entire community. Both the users and the non-users of the library system. Finally we can start collecting taxes from a high rise hotel or Condo development on the current library property and the YMCA on the lakefront land.
Looks to me that this poster does not understand that:
1) There is no real Bus system for anyone to use anyone and Minority Kids can get to this (Current) location vs most others, if ANYONE should have access to  a library its the minorities kids
2) Unless/until the Downtown becomes a gated community Minorities will coming to Downtown Racine.
3) Perhaps the library users do not shop downtown is what the heck is there to youth to shop at?  Bars and more Bars. Should we allow 12 year old kids to start drinking?
IMHO I see this attack on our  Racine  library as nothing more then the first step to building a Hotel/Center were once again Mayor John Dickert will use City $$ to have his pals make bank. That the story in the J-T and the post suggesting a move was just testing the waters for a push my our Mayor to get our beloved library to move
Thinking we need a good library far more then RootWorks or more City Contracts to our Mayor’s pals
 Please call the Mayor’s Office and your Alderman and tell them to fully fund the library.
In fact the Inter Governmental fund was to be used for that very thing NOT BS like Team Porter’s and what happened to that idea?

Flash News!!! Flash News!!! Flash News!!

received the go ahead to print the map

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Questions to ask

1) Is just now only Mayor Dickert’s dream, as even more have told me that Machinery Row is dead that to make anything happen the City/County would have to do the development, do you think the City of Racine has the $$$ to do so?

2)   Is the story in the Racine Journal Times

No suburban library for now

http://journaltimes.com/news/local/no-suburban-library-for-now/article_cb48a0a1-19f9-5ec9-9d5d-9b16646acb8d.html on the City library a plant to start the drum roll, to force this great resource, away from Downtown to keep away minorities from the very White downtown?

3) Might Mayor John Dickert  understand the City Hall is awash with good folk willing to risk his wrath in sending out information to the grassroots press, in order to insure that the public has the information that the Mayor not want the public to know ?

4) Does Mayor John Dickert understad that even in his Police State he can not stop the press.

Note to the Mayor EVER story I run here the link goes in front of 13,000+ eyes if only 1% look at the story that be 1300. not bad.

And with this

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Well you might recall that I was the great guy behind It Came From Lake Michigan

ICFLM 2006

I was in locally made films with the rest of it

Cable Commissioner under Becker

Help start Film Wisconsin that would bring films such as Public Enemy to Wisconsin to be filmed.

A bit of this and a bit of that.

Now looks like I get to be well like I like to say The New Russ Meyer

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Bonus Points I get to work with Film Makers around the world!!

In fact due to my networking the film that tells all about Racine Patter or Practice will have screenings in Sydney, with luck sold into that market!

Think this far City shown for what many think she truly is all over Asia! I am sure this will make  Mayor Dickert Happy!

Due to this I will be far to busy to keep up this blog, then too I no longer care what happens here just know if you live in Racine you exist to get fucked and almost every elected official exists  to take a turn you exist to service them in one way or another.

 

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Do not worry Racine you have inspired   so many stories.

I may post from time to time who knows?

Budget Predictions

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Budget Predictions  or we are fucked

Our fearless leader will soon send a budget to the Yes mes sorry City Alderman who will after a few Dog and Pony shows other then a few Aldermen with the courage to speak up, will like good Yes Men vote Yes just like they have been trained to do

This Budget I predict will have in it or prepare the way for

The highest rise in property taxes allowed by State Law

Increase in Recycling fee

Increase in our Sewer fee

A Wheel Tax

We will see the closing of  fire station 5

A hiring freeze at RPD (After all there is no crime in Racine)

A cut in the Racine Public Library hours (Reading is not needed in Racine just trust in John Dickert)

CAR 25 is killed this may end the broadcast of City Meetings

A reduction in BUS after all fuck the Poor and Handicapped  they do not spend money in Downtown

The Closings of Community Centers after all Minorities are only needed every few years to vote as they are told to

A raise in the Mayor’s pay

More $$ spent on the Uptown Plan and Rootworks We will see $$ spent on promoting Downtown Racine

We will not see an end to the $$ for our mostly empty civic center

Of course Gateway will jack up the tax they control and so will RUSD Please vote NO! on the Referendum  question on the ballot.

We will be told it’s all Governor Walker’s fault not that our leadership spends to much on projects we do not need but do enrich pals of our Mayor.

Looking at my Taxes over the last 10 years they have went up about 100% as my assessed has gone down.   At this rate we will be taxed out of this home.

How many have been or will be taxed out of this City?

 

How long can you afford to live in the City of Racine?