I read in the Vincennes paper the other day that a real estate company is moving in on Main Street soon; isn't the real estate company actually Ron Ackman who is moving into the building he purchased on Main Street a while back or is it a new business? If the mayor was talking about Ron Ackman's business then we are talking about an existing Bicknell business who is simply moving about a block to relocate on Main Street; which is good for him (Ron) but does little for the city of Bicknell without other business people purchasing and opening. A new business in my mind is a business that is not already located in Bicknell.
I question the mayor's plans for Bicknell when he is simply tearing down Main Street buildings via grants and I wonder what the Mayor's plan is to re-develop Main Street aside from new sidewalks and street lights which makes little sense if there is no buildings to place the walks in front of or buildings to use the street lights to light the way for people who are not going to shop in the vacant lots left after the destruction has been completed.
I understand that the mayor has spent a lot of money to purchase plans for the downtown area but there seems to be more tear down than plans for construction so far. It seems that at the rate that the city is moving forward something should be visible by the year 2030. I've looked at the plans several times and have attended meetings when the out of Towner’s were selling their ideas for a lot of cash and I have yet to see the benefit for the residents of Bicknell who are still paying the most tax in the county and the highest water and sewer bills. I read in the council minutes that they are looking at Boston street for new homes and that the city clerk believes that the Stanczak's live there, well she is wrong we only own a couple of houses there and yes Raymond Hooten does live there. Of course I also read that they are more likely to build new houses out where people passing by can look at them rather than where they may be needed. I don't actually blame them for if I was mayor or part of the council and had not actually accomplished anything in nearly 8 years I'd be looking around for something that I could point at and the most people could see. Yes the gazable with music was my plan 12 years ago including the parks as well.
John R. Stanczak