Letter: Letter misleads people about city expendituresBob Oglesby is misinformed (R-E Aug. 4). He states that John Sachen saved Red Wing $1 million by “taking on” the issue of Mount Carmel.
By: Todd Carlson, Red Wing, The Republican Eagle
To the Editor:
Bob Oglesby is misinformed (R-E Aug. 4). He states that John Sachen saved Red Wing $1 million by “taking on” the issue of Mount Carmel.
Actually, the city chose not to buy that property to spread sewage solids because of citizen input at public meetings called by Council member Dean Hove.
Red Wing will continue to spend $150,000 to $200,000 per year to haul solids away. In five years, the land would have paid for itself.
The City Council listened to the citizens who did not want it “in my back yard” — but it did not save a million dollars.
The money to study putting a bike path from Bay Point to Colvill Park was donated by the Red Wing Area Fund.
The $155,000 is for land needed to extend Spring Creek Avenue North. The city was offered a much lower price if the three adjoining lots were purchased together. This will allow for a straighter road, easier construction, and any extra land can be sold for homes once the road is finished. Six of seven council members saw the advantage.
Hove is doing a great job. He saved our riverfront. He has my vote.