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Bellissimo

Villa Park, IL

#1 Dec 6, 2012
Booth Central.....okay people, was that entire column from Darla Neises or individual people? What do you think?
Seems legit

Joliet, IL

#2 Dec 6, 2012
I see no reason to doubt the letter came from her. I'm no fan of her's either. Her idea her isn't *bad*, but given that she desperately wants to keep any "outsiders" from doing business in Wilmington I'd be curious to see some hard numbers on the costs.

Booth to a community center a nice idea, especially if it were free, but it's not. This city that is broke enough to be forced into laying off a police officer can't be spending money it doesn't have on fixing up an old asbestos filled building to be a community center. And it's not going to be funded by "local community service organizations." That's a pipe dream. There are some great local organizations here, but it can't be on them to bankroll such a project.

Bottom line, if she wants this to happen, the city needs money. If the city is going to get money, the city needs to bring in business, not just jacking up water rates for multi-hundred-million gallon leaks a block away from the treatment plant. If the city is to bring in business, Neises cannot be in a position of influence.
joe mack

Chicago, IL

#3 Dec 6, 2012
Seems legit wrote:
I see no reason to doubt the letter came from her. I'm no fan of her's either. Her idea her isn't *bad*, but given that she desperately wants to keep any "outsiders" from doing business in Wilmington I'd be curious to see some hard numbers on the costs.
Booth to a community center a nice idea, especially if it were free, but it's not. This city that is broke enough to be forced into laying off a police officer can't be spending money it doesn't have on fixing up an old asbestos filled building to be a community center. And it's not going to be funded by "local community service organizations." That's a pipe dream. There are some great local organizations here, but it can't be on them to bankroll such a project.
Bottom line, if she wants this to happen, the city needs money. If the city is going to get money, the city needs to bring in business, not just jacking up water rates for multi-hundred-million gallon leaks a block away from the treatment plant. If the city is to bring in business, Neises cannot be in a position of influence.
What happend to the depot fund? Was there not a fund to help move it. Were did. it go maybe that would be a start if you can find that money
Bellissimo

River Grove, IL

#4 Dec 6, 2012
I just find it funny that in one breath she.talks about how it could be locally funded and in another, she's looked into grants for funding. Maybe I am reading it wrong. Would it be.such a bad idea if they just tore it down?
Seems legit

Joliet, IL

#5 Dec 8, 2012
joe mack wrote:
<quoted text>What happend to the depot fund? Was there not a fund to help move it. Were did. it go maybe that would be a start if you can find that money
The depot fund was reported that "some" of the funds were to be returned to the Blackhawk Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. I can't imagine there was that much money in this fund to begin with. Certainly nowhere near the cost to renovate Booth. The train depot was something nobody cared about until it was actually getting torn down.
Bellissimo wrote:
I just find it funny that in one breath she.talks about how it could be locally funded and in another, she's looked into grants for funding. Maybe I am reading it wrong. Would it be.such a bad idea if they just tore it down?
It wouldn't be. The problem is it's going to cost a lot to do anything with Booth, including to tear it down. The cheapest option is to let it sit and hope somebody buys as is, though obviously that's unlikely.
Seems legit

Joliet, IL

#6 Dec 8, 2012
Guess I can't edit my post. I just want to add that even if there were considerable amounts of money in the train depot fund, it wouldn't be right to just take it and use it on something unrelated. It wasn't a "Wilmington is broke so donate some money to general projects that we don't even need" fund.

It should have just been donated to charity or a local historical society if the money couldn't be returned to donors, and I assume there was no master list of who donated what.
Bellissimo

United States

#7 Dec 10, 2012
Seems legit wrote:
Guess I can't edit my post. I just want to add that even if there were considerable amounts of money in the train depot fund, it wouldn't be right to just take it and use it on something unrelated. It wasn't a "Wilmington is broke so donate some money to general projects that we don't even need" fund.
It should have just been donated to charity or a local historical society if the money couldn't be returned to donors, and I assume there was no master list of who donated what.
Seems legit, you seem legit. Thanks for not being like alot of others on here.

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