Wally and Lucy (Farmer) DeRoeck,
In response to Emily Griffin’s letter to the editor in the September 10th edition of the JDP, she states that the city should enforce their own rules. What makes you think that the city hasn’t enforced their own rules?
As I stated in my previous letter to the editor, there are specific steps and timelines that must be given to the property owner before penalties are applied.
As we all know, the property owner is probably not going to pay the city. If he had any money he would have paid both his insurance and bank note and then none of us would be having these discussions.
As to a previous letter to the editor that suggested for JEDCO to foot the expenses, JEDCO is not the “community chest.” There are guidelines as to how both municipalities and city economic development corporations can spend tax payers monies. This incident is not an approved expenditure for either organizations.
The city has already spent $11,000.00 on this property. It will take several more thousands of dollars to clean the property down to the slab that’s only worth about $4-5,000.
Why is the city to spend more money on this property when they will never receive a penny from it? What makes it worse is this property will be off the tax rolls until somebody buys it.
Why don’t you ask the bank what they are going to do for the community? Why didn’t the bank do their due diligence and make a better credit decision before lending the money? They should ensure that the person borrowing the money can repay the loan and has insurance. Sure it’s easy for the bank to wash their hands from it, write-off their loss and sell the note for $1.00. Pretty shrewd business don’t you think.
I want nothing more than to have a vibrant downtown like what it used to be or as other cities. However, realistically, the downtown buildings are not up to codes and the cost to bringing those buildings up to codes is very expensive.
The average person that wants to be in business cannot afford these expenses. These days, people want to get rich quick. It’s not possible. You think Bealls Department Store or Brookshire Bros. got rich over night? No, they did not. It took years for them to build their businesses. Years that included generations of family members working it together because they couldn’t go hire someone to run the business. Years where they stayed opened like they advertised and not put a sign on the door stating “We be back later.” And they didn’t go looking for a handout when sales were down.
They tightened up the purse strings, dug in a little deeper and kept marching forward. They persevered.