Veneergate, Borough Manager's
Lame answers, and the Borough Assembly's responsibilty to protect
By Byron Whitesides
August 15, 2007
After reading the Ketchikan borough manager's response to Mary
Lynn Dahl's 6 key questions, the smell was so strong I had to
examine the bottom of my shoe to see if perhaps I had accidently
stepped in something on the way to get the paper! NO, it was just the stench of Mr.
Eckert's obviously disingenuous, evasive and misleading answers.
Earl Mossburg's letter in Wednesday the 15ths Daily News states
Eckert's response was LAME, as well as the Borough Assembly's!
I think maybe Earl is being "diplomatic"?
Mr. Eckert's evasive, misleading, response should not be tolerated
by the assembly. Their sworn duty is to protect OUR assets. The
response from Eckert and the assembly is totally unacceptable!
Assembly members should be asking themselves, why Mr. Eckert
is being less than candid, and members of the community should
be asking themselves why the assembly is not DEMANDING forthright
answers to these and other questions asked about OUR assets.
Why are we still allowing a man to manage our borough, who has
taken two months to answer these questions with these lame, evasive
answers. Can we really trust a person with this responsibility
who will not provide quick and honest answers to ethical questions?
I think NOT!
What about a borough assembly who won't "man up" and
Just who is hiding what here, and why?
Maybe the assembly should answer a few more questions. It has
been rumored that the mill site is being "scrapped"
out and the assets sold off, some 20 barge loads or more, rumored.
It has also been said that the borough either allowed, or co-signed
for Jenkins to borrow money, using the venner plant equipment
I can not imagine a "purchaser" being allowed to dispose
of or encumber the assets of a property that is not substantially
paid for. What happens if the deal falls through?
What collateral has Jenkins put up?
Who is getting the money from the sale of the assets, and how
much has been realized from the sale of property not owned by
the seller? Will ALL proceeds realized be returned to the citizens
of the Gateway Borough should this deal fall through?
Should this deal turn out to be a scam, or fall through, and
we discover OUR assets gone, AGAIN! , I don't think the citizens
of Ketchikan should accept the excuses of stupidity, incompetence,
or "we were just doing our best". We should DEMAND
a FBI investigation and CRIMINAL charges for ANY improper or
complicit behavior by ANYONE who is involved.
I find it impossible to believe anyone could be this stupid or
incompetent, with all the high paid advisors we have. Something
here just doesn't smell right!
By the way, could someone tell me if this is the same borough
manager that was using his position to get government grants
for his son's geoduck business?
Received August 15, 2007 - Published August 15, 2007
About: "Retired, and a
lifelong resident of Ketchikan"
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