Other Voices: Gold Country Stage Transfer Center is a waste of taxpayer $$
In regard to a letter recently received from the Department of Public Works in reference to “Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration Notice of Availability for Public Review,” for the proposed project to relocate the Gold Country Stage Transit Transfer Center from Church and Neal Street to Tinloy Street, to which a deadline for reply of April 8, 2010, was applied.
Oh, wouldn’t taxpaying citizens be overjoyed to actually encounter “change” in the way governmental entities squander our hard-earned dollars. If the proposal to erect a new bus station on Tinloy Street is not seen as foolish, I am at a loss as to what else would possibly fit this category (and no, it doesn’t matter from whence the money came, the root source is still the same – the good old taxpayers).
Stop pulling the wool over our eyes by saying the money can only be spent in certain ways. Start being fiscally responsible and if, EGAD, need be, send the money back and not simply blow it on such ludicrous notions.
Or, am I the only one who’s noticed how often our public transportation has been in the news, constantly bemoaning the fact that we already can’t afford the under-used system as it currently stands?
By comparison, just think of erecting a new library, whilst striving to keep those that currently exist operational, giving us the building, while the books within are locked away from actual use by the mere hanging of a “closed” sign. This bus station idea is no different, than the preceding example, now is not the time for such foolishness.
California seems to always desire to be the first to do something of an historical nature, Nevada County often jumps in on this bandwagon. Why can’t Nevada County set a precedence by either putting the money away until we stand again on more financially stable ground or, if that is not an option, due to a time limit on the blowing of this windfall, why not send it back and ask for a stipulation that when times are better, the re-application process be circumvented as the funds had previously been granted?
Perhaps something like this has never before been done. Wouldn’t we then be the first county to actually do something exceedingly positive, by showing that Nevada County got the message of the taxpayers having it up to here, with governmental waste through its sheer willpower to actually do without something it, at the time, did not really need?
A better day will only come through more responsible actions such as this. When that better day comes Nevada County could then say that it took an active part in setting a new and improved wheel in motion.
All that aside, how does this proposed boondoggle get around the city of Grass Valley’s ordinance against building so close to Wolf Creek, or am I simply confused in thinking that this transfer station would sit right on top of its very banks? If this passes, it will merely go to show that only the privately owned properties along the creek have been denied the use of land for which they pay taxes, through this setback ordinance.
Meanwhile, this unwarranted transfer station project would go on record as being the first to have the privilege to violate the ordinance. And if this project can be shown to have no adverse environmental impact, I am again at a loss as to how any proposed single-dwelling home, or perhaps a garage or the like, on privately owned property could honestly be deemed otherwise.
Grass Valley will lose precious parking which currently exists along this corridor. The county will put upstanding citizens who make use of the bus in more peril of being harassed by the undesirables, who have also received recent media attention, by having them wait in an area which would be more favorable to negative activities as it is a little more out of the limelight than the current transfer station. And for what? To hide the undesirables who would think nothing of compromising the creekside which the city of Grass Valley professed worthy of protection.
Talk about a scam, this has farce written all over it, and will become yet another taxpayer-funded building subject to vandalism. Why not simply move the vandalized bathrooms (again recent news) in Nevada City over here, where they would get a little more use, but probably not enough to ensure them protection from the very same criminal acts? Does anyone see a cycle here? Same ol’ same ol’ governmental waste, with no end in sight. Where’s the “change” in that?
Donna Reynolds lives in Grass Valley.
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