It’s a biased opinion, but I think our current public servants are dropping the ball big time. Not all of them, all the time, but enough to make an embarrassment of our fine city. There has been a lawsuit filed against the city of Evansville for excessive pollution of the Ohio River. I say excessive because the state permits a small amount of pollution, it’s alleged that we’ve over stepped those boundaries.
What this means for the city of Evansville are extremely steep fines. According to the Courier and Press these fines can reach up to $37,500, per day! Weinzapfel replied in a statement that this was bullying by the federal government to exert control. Sounds familiar.
My opinion is that there have been way too many pet projects over the past 10 years, spending money that should have been put toward sewer and drainage upgrades. The huge downpour in Evansville on Sept 5th, 2009 is cited as one example of how our sewers lack the volume to handle a lot of rain, thus dumping sewage into the Ohio. I know the residents of the South Side of Evansville know a little something about down pours and no where for the water to go.
I really don’t know if the money being spent on the stadium comes from the same purse as what’s used for our Sewers, but it should. There should be some way to dip into allotted budgets to take care of emergencies, like our sewer problems, to keep Evansville homes and businesses from flooding.