by Grand Forks Herald
December 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm in Grand Forks Herald
A proposed temporary stoplight provoked debate Monday among Grand Forks City Council members and residents. Continue Reading
Tags: GF and EGF, Grand Forks City Council, Traffic, updates 8 Comments »
No suprise here the city council picks the most expensive option. If this was free it would have been kicked to the curb however, since costs almost 750k the council with spend spend
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Not sure what you mean here as the city cost is no where near 750k. The total cost of the project of permanent lights is that, but the city portion of that 731k is 150k, a pretty good deal.
A permanent stoplight was due for this location in 2013 with the total cost of 731k but the city cost is 150k….with the feds picking up the rest. The project was pushed back to 2014 by the state DOT, so nothing there until then. The discussion was what to do in the meantime….do nothing or come up with funds to do a temp light there. So not sure what your beef is. The city could go ahead and pay for the permanent light structure right now for 731k and it would mean no fed money assistance, now that would have been crazy. if the state was going to as in the original plan put a permanent one in 2013, the city would have not had to do anything, but too risky to wait another almost 2 yrs with nothing in place.
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I drive past that sop many times and I think a stoplight is a good idea there. Even though I hate them there is always a backup of cars there.
One thing I find interesting from the article is how we are going to pay for it. From waht I understand Terry is right. We have very little extra money for our streets to be repaired and it is only going to get worse. Every time we get a sales tax report it is always setting records for revenue. I have often wondered why we keep hearing about all of the record sales tax figures but never seem to know where all of the excess money goes. Does all of the sales tax money go into the Econimic Development fund or how does it get split up? Coud it be possible to divert some of the sales tax $$ into other areas that are suffering for cash rather than keep putting all of the excess sales tax profits into the same area?
What I really don’t understand is why the council was so against using EDC money for the project when the raod fund is already depleted. Seems the EDC should have plenty of money with all of the record sales tax.
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“The total cost of the project of permanent lights is that, but the city portion of that 731k is 150k, a pretty good deal. ”
I feel so much better knowing they’ve got absolutely no regard for Federal money, instead of thinking they had absolutely no regard for local money.
Waste is still waste. Disregard for taxpayers is still wrong, even when it’s federal money blown on crap instead of local money blown on crap.
Politicians and tax money: Waste all you want, there’s a fresh crop of tax money every year.
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All the city has to do is post a cop there and ticket everyone who runs the red light and they would make up the money in no time.
If they patrolled 32nd ave and started enforcing the driving laws the city could do away with sales tax, oh by the way did anyone see that the article said there was a planned raise of city sales tax?
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No I did not see the article about raising sales tax. If we are getting record money why would we need to raise them?
By the way gas is 2.99 in Devils Lake and Fargo. It was 3.15 in Fargo at Thanksgiving. The people on the council and gas station owners have gotten used to having their hands in our pocketbooks and think it is normal business.
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“Citing a projected increase in the city sales tax, Bjerke instead proposed paying for the construction with money from the Economic Development Fund. “
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Not a planned raise in city sales tax, but an increase in the amount of sales tax collected. I’m sure due to Canadian traffic
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