Do you know what you will learn from the City Council meeting to be held on Tuesday evening? Nada......Zip.......Zero....Nothing.
The rumor mill says that costs approximating $600K will be discussed. It is not known if that number includes moving expenses, rent, or only the rehab costs associated with readying a building with paint, floor cover, bathrooms, ceilings, etc. I do know this. I can do a whole bunch for $600K. I also know that neither you or I will have any idea what's going on.
Why? Because the entire discussion is being held behind closed doors, "for legal advice." Please be advised. I have been in this business a very long time. Never once have I been in a development planning meeting whereby any attorney was ever asked anything about costs, construction logistics, or real estate planning. In fact, I have personally told lawyers in these type of meetings to shut up. It is their job to do the lawyering. It was my job to do the planning and logistics. I fired a lawyer in Springfield, Illinois, because he wouldn't listen.
Why am I miffed? Because I think the whole discussion is illegal. If there is a technical legal point to be discussed, that's fine. This type of discussion can usually be held in a few minutes without blocking the entire discussion from the public. Sixty minutes has been allocated for the discussion. If any official action is taken regarding the spending of $600K of taxpayer money without allowing the citizens to view, hear, or read any of the options or conditions regarding this expense, a complaint should be filed with the Attorney General's office. In my opinion, such action is in direct opposition to Texas law.
I'm not trying to be a pain in the neck. I just want to know how our money is being spent. .....particularly that amount. I also want to know the logic, options, and planning that led up to any decisions being made. I do not want to hear any more comments from council members like, "presentations were made to my satisfaction." We'll let the State of Texas decide how important their satisfactions are.
By the way, I checked on temporary buildings as a solution. Square footage wise, temporary buildings beat the heck out of $600K, however land with parking would be an issue. Furthermore, the load carrying capabilities of the floor system can be a problem. Most floors of temporary buildings hold a "live load" of 50 lbs per square foot. I don't know what a square foot of books six foot high weighs, but it's a whole bunch more than 50 lbs. I could find the land, but the cost of temporary paving would have to be addressed.
It's my understanding Rowlett has another bunch of "experts" or "consultants" helping with this problem. Their fee will be probably based on the amount of the rehab contract. Once again, who's watching out for Rowlett? Give me a name.