Two Gaston towns receive $1 million g...

Two Gaston towns receive $1 million grants

There are 16 comments on the The Gaston Gazette story from Sep 5, 2010, titled Two Gaston towns receive $1 million grants. In it, The Gaston Gazette reports that:

Two local towns can start million dollars fix-up projects thanks to Community Development Block Grants.

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Ron Dimmer

Charlotte, NC

#1 Sep 8, 2010
This would be good if they had some one in charge who knew what they were doing. The projects that I observed were not that well done.
Being Postive

Eddyville, KY

#2 Sep 8, 2010
Ron Dimmer wrote:
This would be good if they had some one in charge who knew what they were doing. The projects that I observed were not that well done.
Why U say that Ron-you could get any of it???????

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#3 Sep 9, 2010
Let's see... we are using government funding to clean up lots belonging to private citizens and repair/update private citizen's homes. It just happens to be that these homes are located in an area near the river that our local special interest group Women Who Like Rivers (or something like that) are touting as the next best thing to sliced bread.

How about we use that $1M to get rid of the kudzu that encompasses about 25% of the downtown block on the old city hall side? Or get rid of some of the downtown blight like graffiti or junk cars?

The city of MH amazes me in how it misuses funds for special interests and pork barrel projects instead of making a concerted effort to help all MH residents... not just the Women Who Like Rivers or whatever their name is.

I, personally, would rather that money go to renovate the park "just outside of city limits" for use by the recreation department. Or, update the bathrooms at Tuck. park as those are filthy/nasty and in need of update. Or, build a bigger or another skatepark since the one we have is so popular. I see many more people at the skatepark than I see rushing to go down to River Street.

And, you have to wonder why there is $1M available to give away anyway in this economy. Obama.

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#4 Sep 9, 2010
K Collins wrote:
Let's see... we are using government funding to clean up lots belonging to private citizens and repair/update private citizen's homes. It just happens to be that these homes are located in an area near the river that our local special interest group Women Who Like Rivers (or something like that) are touting as the next best thing to sliced bread.
How about we use that $1M to get rid of the kudzu that encompasses about 25% of the downtown block on the old city hall side? Or get rid of some of the downtown blight like graffiti or junk cars?
The city of MH amazes me in how it misuses funds for special interests and pork barrel projects instead of making a concerted effort to help all MH residents... not just the Women Who Like Rivers or whatever their name is.
I, personally, would rather that money go to renovate the park "just outside of city limits" for use by the recreation department. Or, update the bathrooms at Tuck. park as those are filthy/nasty and in need of update. Or, build a bigger or another skatepark since the one we have is so popular. I see many more people at the skatepark than I see rushing to go down to River Street.
And, you have to wonder why there is $1M available to give away anyway in this economy. Obama.
Or, we could use the money to clean my gutters and get the mold off of my siding. How come we are not using this money in the Deerfield neighborhood? Why River Street?
Useful info

Concord, NC

#5 Sep 9, 2010
Does anyone have any useful info about this project such as maybe some of the unemployed in our city could actually be employed for this project? There's plenty of our citizens that are on hard times right now and could use a paycheck.
The Truth

Houston, TX

#6 Sep 9, 2010
K Collins wrote:
Let's see... we are using government funding to clean up lots belonging to private citizens and repair/update private citizen's homes. It just happens to be that these homes are located in an area near the river that our local special interest group Women Who Like Rivers (or something like that) are touting as the next best thing to sliced bread.
How about we use that $1M to get rid of the kudzu that encompasses about 25% of the downtown block on the old city hall side? Or get rid of some of the downtown blight like graffiti or junk cars?
The city of MH amazes me in how it misuses funds for special interests and pork barrel projects instead of making a concerted effort to help all MH residents... not just the Women Who Like Rivers or whatever their name is.
I, personally, would rather that money go to renovate the park "just outside of city limits" for use by the recreation department. Or, update the bathrooms at Tuck. park as those are filthy/nasty and in need of update. Or, build a bigger or another skatepark since the one we have is so popular. I see many more people at the skatepark than I see rushing to go down to River Street.
And, you have to wonder why there is $1M available to give away anyway in this economy. Obama.
It's the bored housewives club and the one who started this silly club is going to make a salary out of your tax dollars!

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#7 Sep 9, 2010
The Truth wrote:
<quoted text>It's the bored housewives club and the one who started this silly club is going to make a salary out of your tax dollars!
That doesn't make me feel better.
Joe Wilkes

Charlotte, NC

#8 Sep 9, 2010
K Collins wrote:
Let's see... we are using government funding to clean up lots belonging to private citizens and repair/update private citizen's homes. It just happens to be that these homes are located in an area near the river that our local special interest group Women Who Like Rivers (or something like that) are touting as the next best thing to sliced bread.
How about we use that $1M to get rid of the kudzu that encompasses about 25% of the downtown block on the old city hall side? Or get rid of some of the downtown blight like graffiti or junk cars?
The city of MH amazes me in how it misuses funds for special interests and pork barrel projects instead of making a concerted effort to help all MH residents... not just the Women Who Like Rivers or whatever their name is.
I, personally, would rather that money go to renovate the park "just outside of city limits" for use by the recreation department. Or, update the bathrooms at Tuck. park as those are filthy/nasty and in need of update. Or, build a bigger or another skatepark since the one we have is so popular. I see many more people at the skatepark than I see rushing to go down to River Street.
And, you have to wonder why there is $1M available to give away anyway in this economy. Obama.
Mr.Collins I am having a hard time trying to understand where you stand on issues. For quite a while you been on here Bitchin about the City giving Whitewater money now you say you support taking over parks outside the city limit`s that the Taxpayers of Mt.Holly would end up keeping up and paying for, what gives? Also I believe the Bathroom Facilities at Tuck park were just built and now you say they already need updating. Sometimes you make me wonder about you.
hey you

Concord, NC

#9 Sep 9, 2010
Joe Wilkes wrote:
<quoted text>
Mr.Collins I am having a hard time trying to understand where you stand on issues. For quite a while you been on here Bitchin about the City giving Whitewater money now you say you support taking over parks outside the city limit`s that the Taxpayers of Mt.Holly would end up keeping up and paying for, what gives? Also I believe the Bathroom Facilities at Tuck park were just built and now you say they already need updating. Sometimes you make me wonder about you.
citizen, Joe Wilkes, Old Fart, resident, Being Positive, etc. JH, or whomever you are, glad you are back because we sure need someone to keep Topix honest, right?

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#10 Sep 9, 2010
Joe Wilkes wrote:
<quoted text>
Mr.Collins I am having a hard time trying to understand where you stand on issues. For quite a while you been on here Bitchin about the City giving Whitewater money now you say you support taking over parks outside the city limit`s that the Taxpayers of Mt.Holly would end up keeping up and paying for, what gives? Also I believe the Bathroom Facilities at Tuck park were just built and now you say they already need updating. Sometimes you make me wonder about you.
Joe, I assure you, I am mentally stable. I'm only pointing out the hypocrisy of our current council as it pertains to giving away money. I would much rather us give money to Mt. Holly residents regardless of whether or not the recreational opportunity lies within city limits rather than give money to Meck. County. Our own council, when faced with the dilemma of giving money to this park "slightly outside of city limits", said that the city cannot give money to things outside of city limits yet no one manned up and apologized for giving money to another county (Meck.). I don't think it is a stretch to give money to something within Mt. Holly yet not in the city limits. This is especially the case if the city itself is managing the use of the facility. It would be free and open to everyone in Mt. Holly. In the case of the WWC, a whole different group with the intent of making a profit is managing the facility. I can't go to WWC and participate without paying a fee. Yet, I gave my tax dollars to support that facility. I hope you can see the difference in my stance on this matter.

You need to go to those bathrooms at Tuck. and ask yourself whether or not you would sit down on that toilet. We'd love to hear your response.
The Truth

Houston, TX

#11 Sep 9, 2010
K Collins wrote:
<quoted text>
Joe, I assure you, I am mentally stable. I'm only pointing out the hypocrisy of our current council as it pertains to giving away money. I would much rather us give money to Mt. Holly residents regardless of whether or not the recreational opportunity lies within city limits rather than give money to Meck. County. Our own council, when faced with the dilemma of giving money to this park "slightly outside of city limits", said that the city cannot give money to things outside of city limits yet no one manned up and apologized for giving money to another county (Meck.). I don't think it is a stretch to give money to something within Mt. Holly yet not in the city limits. This is especially the case if the city itself is managing the use of the facility. It would be free and open to everyone in Mt. Holly. In the case of the WWC, a whole different group with the intent of making a profit is managing the facility. I can't go to WWC and participate without paying a fee. Yet, I gave my tax dollars to support that facility. I hope you can see the difference in my stance on this matter.
You need to go to those bathrooms at Tuck. and ask yourself whether or not you would sit down on that toilet. We'd love to hear your response.
I don't sit down on any public toilet.

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#12 Sep 12, 2010
Would like to open up with a little wager...

Does anyone on here believe that Mt Holly will spend this money according to the stipulations upon which it was given??? Fat chance! But I will take any bet that it doesn't happen. Right from the start, they will look for ways around how they are suppose to spend this money. From who signs off on the PO's, to who approves the expenses, to how much Council knows before it's gone! It's NO difference than what goes on now, and NO chance that it will stop! Everyone knows what kind of Council we have... WORTHLESS!!!
Been reading

Charlotte, NC

#13 Nov 18, 2010
Robert Shapiro wrote:
Would like to open up with a little wager...
Does anyone on here believe that Mt Holly will spend this money according to the stipulations upon which it was given??? Fat chance! But I will take any bet that it doesn't happen. Right from the start, they will look for ways around how they are suppose to spend this money. From who signs off on the PO's, to who approves the expenses, to how much Council knows before it's gone! It's NO difference than what goes on now, and NO chance that it will stop! Everyone knows what kind of Council we have... WORTHLESS!!!
online this morning and a few articles in the crime section jumped out at me. The first article read was about a lady in Meck County that had bilked Medicaid for $600,000.00. Another article was where a lady at a non-profit organization in Meck County had embezzled money there as well. The most interesting article was about a lady in Lincoln County that did not profit for her crime, but decided she had the authority to delineate how the grant money received would be spent. Albeit the purchases were for the grant but she did not have the authority to change or sign off on said changes.

As taxpayers we are being ripped off by the government on all levels and we wonder why our country is in financial trouble. Just boggles my mind.
In the Know

United States

#14 Nov 18, 2010
This exact way of spending is happening in Mt Holly, who is investigating Lincolnton? I would like them to take a look at what goes on here.

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#15 Nov 18, 2010
If anyone can forward the name of the investigator that charged the Lincoln official with felony counts over misusing money, I will be happy to get them the information about what goes on in Mt Holly. If this is all it takes, this should be a walk in the park!
Former Resident

Maxton, NC

#16 Dec 16, 2012
The City of MH recently obtained permission to put drainage on 1 of 3 properties we own. Our Family home is in need of repairs but they want to condemn our property and not use the grant money for repairs saying that it would cost more. We have complained over the last 6 years that water damage from the park was running onto our property and we were ignored. A city worker who lives in one of the habitat homes is getting her home repaired and the other house next door. We are working with the CMH to see if they will make the right decision not to condemn our home. They have put in new sidewalks, was this a separate grant or could that money have been used to help with home repairs.

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