The Fork In The Road

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Mark Kindt
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Re: The Fork In The Road

Postby Mark Kindt » Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:15 pm

Mark Kindt wrote:Now A Pretty Serious Matter

Frankly, for those of us over 65 or those of us with vulnerable conditions, this is now a pretty serious concern given the likely spread and impact of COVID-19.

Where do we collectively find ourselves?

No Lakewood Health Department.

No Lakewood Hospital.

No Lakewood Hospital Association.

No Lakewood Hospital Foundation.

No Lakewood funding for health care.



How do we start a community dialogue around establishing a new health department for Lakewood?

Even if it only provided free flu shots to seniors and other vulnerable residents, it would still have a serious positive benefit to the community.

Folks, this is low hanging fruit.


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Re: The Fork In The Road

Postby Mark Kindt » Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:12 pm

Mark Kindt wrote:
Mark Kindt wrote:Now A Pretty Serious Matter

Frankly, for those of us over 65 or those of us with vulnerable conditions, this is now a pretty serious concern given the likely spread and impact of COVID-19.

Where do we collectively find ourselves?

No Lakewood Health Department.

No Lakewood Hospital.

No Lakewood Hospital Association.

No Lakewood Hospital Foundation.

No Lakewood funding for health care.



How do we start a community dialogue around establishing a new health department for Lakewood?

Even if it only provided free flu shots to seniors and other vulnerable residents, it would still have a serious positive benefit to the community.

Folks, this is low hanging fruit.


Update:

Even if it only provided free bottles of hand-sanitizer or sanitary wipes, it would still have a serious positive benefit to the community.

The local Discount Drug Mart store that I use is sold-out of hand-sanitizer and has a limit on the quantity of sanitary wipes that a customer may purchase.


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Re: The Fork In The Road

Postby Dan Alaimo » Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:02 am

...not to mention more drastic protective measures like face masks and gloves, which are not needed now, but might be sometime, someday.
It's more appropriate for these to be dispensed on an as-needed basis that for people to go on a panic-driven buying spree and make supplies less available.


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"In government it's all about what you do...
"And the great ones know the difference."
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Re: The Fork In The Road

Postby Mark Kindt » Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:31 am

Financing Gap At One Lakewood Place

Seems pretty clear to me that the developer does not have sufficient financing to complete this project for the City despite massive public subsidies already committed by the City.

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Re: The Fork In The Road

Postby Mark Kindt » Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:36 am

At the time, Mr. Sylvester told public officials that this was the BEST proposal of all the ones that his department had solicited.


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Re: The Fork In The Road

Postby Mark Kindt » Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:39 pm

This is a $70,000,000 Project.

The City of Lakewood has already committed about 20% of that value in public land and public dollars.

Even a 10% shortfall would be another $7,000,000.


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Re: The Fork In The Road

Postby Mark Kindt » Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:57 am

No Article Proves My Argument Better!

Again, why is Lakewood building high-end apartments and town-homes that no ordinary Lakewood resident can afford.

Here is the income data for a broad range of low income jobs:

https://www.politico.com/interactives/2 ... ion-chart/


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Re: The Fork In The Road

Postby Mark Kindt » Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:38 am

Mark Kindt wrote:At the time, Mr. Sylvester told public officials that this was the BEST proposal of all the ones that his department had solicited.


Here is a link to the recent statement from Mayor George.

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=25823

I will hold more substantive comments until I know more.


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Re: The Fork In The Road

Postby Bridget Conant » Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:13 am

What Bryce Sylvester MEANT was that Carnegie was the best choice because Ed Fitzgerald said it was. Hey, they gave him a job, right, so they must be the bestest!


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Re: The Fork In The Road

Postby dl meckes » Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:24 pm

He got the job because they thought he could deliver.


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Re: The Fork In The Road

Postby Bridget Conant » Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:37 pm

dl meckes wrote:He got the job because they thought he could deliver.


Haha! He couldn’t even DRIVE!


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Re: The Fork In The Road

Postby Mark Kindt » Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:56 am

Mark Kindt wrote:
Mark Kindt wrote:At the time, Mr. Sylvester told public officials that this was the BEST proposal of all the ones that his department had solicited.


Here is a link to the recent statement from Mayor George.

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=25823

I will hold more substantive comments until I know more.


Here is the link to the Crain's Cleveland Business story from April 17, 2020:

https://www.crainscleveland.com/governm ... hits-rocks

The final quote from the Developer is a real kicker!


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Re: The Fork In The Road

Postby pj bennett » Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:02 am

I tried clicking on the link, but I get the window saying, that I must be a subscriber in order to read the article.


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Re: The Fork In The Road

Postby Mark Kindt » Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:46 pm

Mark Kindt wrote:
Mark Kindt wrote:
Mark Kindt wrote:At the time, Mr. Sylvester told public officials that this was the BEST proposal of all the ones that his department had solicited.


Here is a link to the recent statement from Mayor George.

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=25823

I will hold more substantive comments until I know more.


Here is the link to the Crain's Cleveland Business story from April 17, 2020:

https://www.crainscleveland.com/governm ... hits-rocks

The final quote from the Developer is a real kicker!


Here is the quote from the developer!

"They're going to have that hole in the center of town a long time."



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