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Let's Face It - There is No Hope for Cairo

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lost all hope

United States

#1 Aug 20, 2009
Okay, I am ready to change my position and officially declare: There is no hope for Cairo!

The Alex Cty Team Illinois group called a PRESS CONFERENCE for 11 AM today to talk about the 4 plus million dollars that have come into Alex Cty in the last 4 or 5 years AND THE TOLL HOUSE.
The press all came. Mayor didn’t. Only saw Coleman but think he is on Team Illinois steering committee.

The most important thing that was missing was (are you ready for this???) the KEY to the toll house. Seems there is only ONE KEY and the keeper of the ONE KEY was out of town today so the press conference had to be held outside and participants were invited to look through the windows. Good thing the rain stopped!

When I heard that, my mind went to the topix post where someone asked the person who posted about the young people walking down the street with beers why they didn’t call the police instead of running to the computer to make Cairo look bad. The poster was right about one thing. The elected officials do a good enough job on their own making Cairo look bad and don’t need any more help from its residents. Wrong about the other thing, talked to the original poster and he was driving behind a police car that must have seen what he saw and did not stop.

When I walked up, 4 people maybe from the state, were talking about what a waste it was, how much money went into it and it wasn’t open.

But wait, the city has still gotten more money. What is the deal with the city not being able to get grants because they don’t have audits? They are still getting money.

The toll house was phase 1 and cost around $ 700,000. The city ALREADY has the money for phase 2. Looks like they got it in 2008.$ 275,000 from the National Scenic Byways Program to re-create Ft Defiance as it existed during the Civil War. Yet another (unopen) museum, another set of missing keys. Phase 3 is yet another (unopen?) museum, turning a barge into the USS Cairo.

The Team Illinois concept was a Blago idea. Quinn is “uncertain” whether it will continue. Don’t see how it can with the current and projected state of the economy in Illinois.

Next project for Team Illinois is to do a community assessment to get your opinions on what you want for Cairo, just in case you have changed your minds over the last few years, they said.

Except for the missing key, uneventful Press Conference for the most part.

But wait, other very interesting occurance was Vernon Stubblefield said the statue of General Grant cost several hundred thousand dollars and Angela Greenwell corrected him and said it was $ 25,000 or a little more, but to not talk about that because the General might just go away. What is the deal with the general? Didn’t he get paid for? Who commissioned him? If the artist didn’t get paid, why not? As an entrepreneur, I am really bothered that our elected officials are NOT paying their small vendors.

No, there is no hope for Cairo. NOONE in a position of power will do anything right. Not even something as simple as having a key available for a pre-scheduled press conference.

Also, why the dangling electrical wires above the missing meter? Can we assume they are not hot?

And, what happened to the anchor? Has it already been repossessed?

Will post details on the 4 plus million that has been given to Alex cty in the last 4 or 5 years later.
Curious Minds

United States

#2 Aug 20, 2009
If the key keeper is Mrs S.I Dont think she is back from her Cruise. Yes another one!!!!!!!!!!
guest

Cairo, IL

#3 Aug 20, 2009
1 KEY??? We have more than $700,000.00 invested in the Toll House Museum and only 1 key to it? Can hardly wait for the news on TV to see how we are portrayed.
lost all hope

United States

#4 Aug 20, 2009
Four plus million dollars brought into Alexander County in the last 4 or 5 years. How was it spent? After January 1, we will be able to get details on this information.

What is United Front? They got $ 6,000 for computers in 2004.

Someone got $ 300 in 2004 to conduct a faith-based seminar on Community Development. What did that money produce?

City of Cairo got $ 10,000 in 2006 to do an assessment concerning the cost of removing abandoned buildings. Would be interesting to see the report.

2007, Thebes got $ 75,000 for a new park.

2003,$ 30,000 for reallocation loan for 5 yr funding advance to the Community Health and Emergency Services Board to continue County community health center.

2005 $ 440,000 for asbestos cleanup at Thebes High School.

2006,$ 20,000 for 32 computers distributed to "several" (unnamed) Alexander communities and not for profit agencies.

2004,$ 10,312 to shred 4,100 tires.

2007/08,$ 11,200 for 462 backpacks, food, activities and school supplies

2004,$ 125,000 SMART transportation

2004,$ 65,000 for the playground at St Mary's Park

2007, asbestos abatement Cairo hospital, amt unknown

2004,$ 5,000 to meet emergent needes of relatives raising children

2006,$ 5,000 for backup generator for city

2004,$ 23,000 for computers for Cairo High

2005 - 2008, Front Door Partnership I,$ 60,000 (any idea what Front Door is?)

2005 - 2007, Ft Defiance Phase I, looks like $ 623,170 from IDOT

Plus

$ 396,033 from DCEO, SIDEZ, USDA and Hastings
for a total $ 1,019,203 for the Toll House (and that mil includes ONE (1) KEY!

Will post more later.
Guest

United States

#5 Aug 20, 2009
Holy Sh*t. I gave up on Cairo many years ago. Such a shame the state of affairs there.
guest

Cairo, IL

#6 Aug 20, 2009
The childrens play ground at St Mary's Park $65,000.00? WOW

Wonder how much it cost to have extra keys made at CPU for Toll House? Of course if you never plan on opening it I guess 1 is all we need.
Curious Minds

United States

#7 Aug 20, 2009
Lost Hope, Have you found the Harley's for the police department yet. Wonder what that cost??
Missing Cairo

United States

#8 Aug 20, 2009
Heard about the toll house today. I was looking forward to touring it next trip up. I remember when Alice Johnson's paintings were installed and have been wondering if they are still there.

Well, maybe I'll get lucky yet. LOL
bob

United States

#9 Aug 20, 2009
Well researched, acurate, the most intelligent thing I have heard all day.
guest 2

Cairo, IL

#10 Aug 20, 2009
http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.asp...

Update on Team Illinois progress in Cairo
Posted: Aug 20, 2009 5:24 PM CDT
Updated: Aug 20, 2009 8:45 PM CDT

Members of Team Illinois peer through the windows at the museum at Fort Defiance State Park .By CJ Cassidy - bio | email

CAIRO, IL (KFVS)- People in Cairo say city and project leaders need to set aside their differences if they ever hope to make any real progress.

You may remember Team Illinois, introduced by then Governor Rod Blagojevich, touted to help boost economically depressed poor cities.

Back in 2003, the Alexander County Board Chairman Andy Clarke stressed the need to work together.

Still, when Team Illinois leaders gathered to showcase their work, things did not quite go as planned.

Folks out to hear about the accomplishments Team Illinois has made over the years, saw some unexpected drama unfold.

Team Illinois leaders had planned on show casing a museum, one of their biggest projects at Fort Defiance State Park Thursday morning.

"Our state partners have come together and through their collaboration put in an excess of a million dollars into redeveloping what was once the Tollhouse Restaurant," said Vernon Stubblefield with Team Illinois.

Still visitors could only see that progress by peering through the tinted windows when project leaders realized they could not get inside.

When asked if he considered it ironic that Team Illinois members put all this money into the building and could not get it open, Stubblefield answered: "Ironic? No ma'am. Unfortunately just another example of times we are in with regards to recession... I'm not in a position to answer that. We requested access to the building, we were told at the onset we would have access to the building."

The City of Cairo owns the building.

"Team Illinois does not communicate with me," said Cairo Mayor Judson Childs. "Haven't communicated with me. In the past when someone was coming might let me know ten minutes in advance going to have a meeting."

However, the mayor says he did know about Thursday's meeting, and keeping everyone out of the museum was not an act of "defiance" on his part.

"That's not the reason the building was not open. The person who had the keys, she's on tour, on a cruise and will be back next week. We did not have a spare set of keys."

Folks in Cairo call it politics as usual. Lonnie Burris had hoped to see inside. Instead he says he'll settle for seeing other projects like revitalizing Cairo's downtown, go according to plan.

"You asked a question. A very relevant question. What do you get? Not the hardcore truth. Until you get to those issues not going to solve anything," he said.

To date, Team Illinois has spent more than $4 million on projects in Cairo and elsewhere in Alexander County.

Mayor Childs says he wants to get involved for Cairo's sake and it would simply take better communication to get his support.

Team Illinois Spokesperson Vernon Stubblefield agrees his meetings have been spur of the moment, and he plans on giving better notice in the future.
skor14me

Cairo, IL

#11 Aug 20, 2009
Curious Minds wrote:
If the key keeper is Mrs S.I Dont think she is back from her Cruise. Yes another one!!!!!!!!!!
Guess you're right curious minds. lol

"That's not the reason the building was not open. The person who had the keys, she's on tour, on a cruise and will be back next week. We did not have a spare set of keys."
Missing Cairo

United States

#12 Aug 20, 2009
Man, how embarrassing for everyone concerned. Perhaps they need a few volunteers to help out and keep things running smoothly.

Cairo used to have so many involved residents. The city government was never able to handle everything by themselves and always could count on volunteers. Doesn't sound like they get much help these days, does it?
primos

Cairo, IL

#13 Aug 20, 2009
Missing Cairo wrote:
Man, how embarrassing for everyone concerned. Perhaps they need a few volunteers to help out and keep things running smoothly.
Cairo used to have so many involved residents. The city government was never able to handle everything by themselves and always could count on volunteers. Doesn't sound like they get much help these days, does it?
Maybe it's just me, but they don't seem to be very receptive of "help". The Mayor tried to sabotage the grant to tear down the buildings downtown, now he looks a gifthorse in the mouth (team Illinois). But hey, he fought for mrs. S to get a monthly stipend......lol
Simon Says

Massillon, OH

#14 Aug 20, 2009
Missing Cairo wrote:
Man, how embarrassing for everyone concerned. Perhaps they need a few volunteers to help out and keep things running smoothly.
Cairo used to have so many involved residents. The city government was never able to handle everything by themselves and always could count on volunteers. Doesn't sound like they get much help these days, does it?
How in the He77 can anyone get involved when One woman in this town can tell the mayor and everyone else what they can and can NOT do!!! Brings to mind one (Evil) woman in history and she took prayer out of the schools.
Wondering

United States

#15 Aug 20, 2009
primos wrote:
<quoted text>But hey, he fought for mrs. S to get a monthly stipend......lol
Do you think that might be because she works with him instead of always being on here running him and other people down? Not saying that is the reason...egad, she does bring in a lot of money for the town if she's the one writing the grants. How many other people are doing that?

If more people were involved, one thing's for sure, they would darn well know more about what is going on instead of all this guess work. Of course, that means always being at council meetings, etc. Dropping by the office with some of that Cairo buttertop coffeecake, or a big bag of barbecue sandwiches. Man, I can think of a million things to try. Some might not work, some might.

lost all hope

United States

#16 Aug 21, 2009
Curious Minds wrote:
Lost Hope, Have you found the Harley's for the police department yet. Wonder what that cost??
NO, BUT..........

January 1, 2010 is coming and the books will open up!

Since the judge "SHALL" award attorney fees, this will be a whole new field of law for attorneys in Illinois and certainly make it easier for us to go to court to get the records. It won't be bad putting out $ 20,000 up front if you know you are going to get it back.
lost all hope

United States

#17 Aug 21, 2009
guest2, thanks for posting the article.

I will post more of their activities later, but interesting Childs, the pompous a@@, doesn't want to work with Team Illinois, BUT guess what Team Illinois is working on at them moment?

Alexander County Debts, request assistance to pay off the $ 500,000 debts.

City of Cairo Audit, request assistance to pay off the cost for audits
epa

United States

#18 Aug 21, 2009
so the answer is bring bbq and pastries to city hall and they will work with you
lost all hope

United States

#19 Aug 21, 2009
Sounds like Loxley/Baton Rouge IS the voice of experience! And, I am going to be nice today. So, I will just ask if, in baton Rouge, one has to go to city hall and take them treats and kiss their asses every day to get them to let the residents do the jobs they pay their city employees and elected officials to do. I will post this on the BR topix later and see what they have to say.

Anyway, I guess if we want to do Cairo's officials' and employees' jobs for them, we will need to form an ass-kissing club, unless of course one of you wants to volunteer to go to city hall every day and kiss the mayor's and monica's asses for the rest of us.

Like donut clubs inthe corporate world where employees take turns bringing donuts, maybe 5 of you can each take one day a week.

Who wants Monday?

I am just going to wait for January 1, 2010!!!!!!!!!!
guest 2

Cairo, IL

#20 Aug 21, 2009
Wondering wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you think that might be because she works with him instead of always being on here running him and other people down? Not saying that is the reason...egad, she does bring in a lot of money for the town if she's the one writing the grants. How many other people are doing that?
If more people were involved, one thing's for sure, they would darn well know more about what is going on instead of all this guess work. Of course, that means always being at council meetings, etc. Dropping by the office with some of that Cairo buttertop coffeecake, or a big bag of barbecue sandwiches. Man, I can think of a million things to try. Some might not work, some might.
Sounds like you are advocating bribes. Being Cairo you are probably right, should have thought about that first & would have saved some time.

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