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Tom Rubillo

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Campaign promise kept by mayor
« on: April 18, 2020, 04:46:11 PM »
During the course of his campaign for mayor, Brendon Barber promised to meet with leadership at the steel mill to urge that the otherwise unused portion of the property (Wood to Dozier/Front to the Sampit) be cleaned up and made ready for productive future use.  Mayor Barber kept that promise.  Speaking with the mayor, company executives recognized that their cooperation would both increase the value of the property while, at the same time, remove an eyesore from the neighborhood.  Seeing that what the mayor was proposing was a "win-win," mill managers agreed to demolish the old, unsightly structures in the targeted area. 

Drive past and take a look.  When you do so you will see that mill executives are honoring their promise to the mayor.  While there is still work to be done, almost all of the rusting towers, silos, tramways and the like have been removed.  The remainder will be gone shortly. 

While I know that some people will continue to carp and gripe about the mill, it is nonetheless important, appropriate and proper to commend both the mayor and mill managers for keeping their word and undertaking an effort to clean things up.  By doing so both the mayor and mill executives have clearly demonstrated that they are men of good faith who are willing to work together as best they can to improve the neighborhood. 

One step at a time.  That's how progress is made.  One step at a time. 

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Re: Campaign promise kept by mayor
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2020, 02:30:03 PM »
Mayor Barber has done something Black Jack Scovile and Paige the racist Sawyer never did. Mayor Barber is working with the mill management to clean up the appearance of the mill. Mayor Barber is a team builder unlike the Scovile/ Sawyer team of extortion for what they can get out of the mill for themselves. Paige the racist tried for years to put workers on the unemployment line and tear down the mill. Scovile was to busy taking down pictures in city hall. Mayor Barber understands someone has to work for a living. Good for our Mayor. And hopefully the negativism of Scovile/ Sawyers will never be allowed back in our city leadership.

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Re: Campaign promise kept by mayor
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2020, 11:17:47 AM »
Tom is there any chance the entire mill site gets cleaned up this time? Word on front street is the mill will not come back since all there outstanding orders went to the other plant. Since they produced such a small amount this year anyway the Liberty owners have realized the Georgetown Plant is not necessary.

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Re: Campaign promise kept by mayor
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2020, 04:51:37 PM »
Once the mill finally closes (or is out of operation for more than a year), the zoning changes.  The logical progression would then be (1) for the owners to salvage and resell any useful equipment or transport it elsewhere for its own use, (2) for the owners to tear down all the remaining structures and sell or use the scrap metal that has a market value, (3) and clean up the property for development under the city's "mixed use" zoning that would then be in place or sell to someone else to develop it.  This approach would minimize their losses (the remainder of which they could write off on any US taxes) or, perhaps, even result in a longer term profit, particularly if they decided to reinvest and redevelop themselves or finance other developers.  That's the logical progression.  If the owners decided simply to wash their hands of the whole mess, the city council should inspect the property, locate any environmental, structural or other violations of federal, state or local law (including locating hazardous or toxic materials left behind) and do three things simultaneously: (1) impose daily fines for violation of city ordinances ($1,000 a day--$365,000 a year) and aggressively seek collection, (2) sue in federal court for violation of federal environmental standards with pendent state claims for maintenance of a nuisance and any breach of the state's Pollution Control Act, and (3) submit an application to the federal government--the EPA--to have the property declared as a "brownfield" along with Superfund assistance mandating, supervising and financing a total clean-up.  All of these latter efforts are, in the longer run, very likely to prove successful because (a) the steel mill owners won't have any political backing because they've walked out on their responsibilities and (b) they voluntarily bought into the problem when they decided, initially, to gamble on their purchase of this pig in a poke in the first place.  They knew what they were getting into.  Their problem is that they bet on Trump's campaign promise to restore the American steel industry.  Any damn fool knows not to believe any campaign promises by any politician running for a federal office since they, unlike those running for local office, will never really have to look you in the eye and explain why they lied in the first damned place.       

Brendon Barber kept his campaign promise, met with mill management and persuaded them it was in their best interest to start cleaning up the part of the property they weren't using.  He did that because he's an honest and decent guy and can be taken at his word.  When, sometime this summer, the mills owners decide how they want to proceed, they really will need to meet with Brendon again and choose the logical approach over an irresponsible (and eventually very, very expensive) alternative.    That's my opinion.  I only wish I were somewhat younger so I could actively participate in the process.