Lane said repeatedly there is no binding vote prior to the election where the citizens can control the fate of the DDC. Council will have a work session on Sept 19, where he says he will push for a conceptual vote where the Council will state their intentions to give citizens the vote in 2017 or beyond. “That conceptual vote should bind…but I can’t control any vote other than myself…That’s the best you can do.” (7:30).
Lane believes based on all prior studies that the “location has been determined”. (7:20). It will be at Gateway in the Preserve.Lane further said that in his opinion he is “not interested in it being off the Preserve.” (7:26)
He glossed over DDCS’ responsibilities for financial contributions. We had to correct him the DDCS is only responsible for 10% fundraising. He also said they will pay for operations and that he mandated that provision in the contract, but he ignored that their Statement of Qualifications explicitly calls for the City to provide a 5 year safety net. (7:23?)
Finally, Lane confirmed that the original concept was significantly smaller (20K sq ft vs. 72K sq ft.) He fully admitted that the project was expanded by a small committee comprised primarily of special interest groups that support the DDC and led by Korte, Milheavin, and DMB Builders’ VP Melinda Gullick. THE MAYOR just blew up DDCS’ false narrative about this massive project always being planned at the Gateway. He furthermore said that some people are invested in the funds the city spent for that property. WOW!!
SUMMATION: Nothing new was revealed by this meeting, only further confirmation that Lane believes the DDC should be in the Preserve, the citizens have NO binding authority over the vote, DDCS will run off taxpayer dollars, and this is being driven by a small special interest group. Our only guarantee is to vote for candidates who oppose the DDC and have done so all along. The alternative involves trusting Lane. Lane’s track record of his own votes, and the actions that have taken place under his watch, all point to a massive DDC with little citizen feedback. Lane is a talented, likable speaker. That doesn’t change his ACTIONS. Do you trust his political speak, or do you trust his track record?