Entry for July 30, 2007
Chad McWhinney compared Grand Station to the Barnum & Bailey Circus "expereince" when describing to the Loveland City Council (July 17) a book he read about the need to create an experience for shoppers to improve retail traffic. The City Council blinked and said no to using tax dollars to fund the trolley and other "expereince" props he wants to include in "Grand Station." At least for now.
Ft. Collins and Greeley have pulled out of the regional transportation plan (RTA) because of the perception that Loveland's City Council is including traffic improvements before promised by McWhinney in the previous version of the MFA (Master Financing Agreement). Officials in both cities are concerned the Council has put McWhinney needs above public needs.
Loveland residents are still waiting for the Highway 34/I-25 improvements and not ready to support a "theme" ride in Centerra with tax dollars because McWhinney thinks he found another tax to fund their obligations. According to a survey by the Loveland Reporter Herald, a majority of Loveland residents want to buy a trolley for McWhinney with city sales tax dollars - do you believe this and do you agree?