R. Sevigny: Time to drop LAEGC

I understand that at the next Auburn City Council meeting, on Dec. 2, the council will be voting on whether or not to continue funding the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council.

For as far back as I can remember, past councils have asked for and have yet to receive any sort of accountability from the Growth Council.

In my humble opinion, the Growth Council has — and still — takes up too much of the council's time with never-ending discussions.

It is also of my opinion that it is time for the city of Auburn to cut ties with the Growth Council and discontinue funding this entity.

On Monday, Dec. 2, I hope and pray that the council does the right thing for the taxpayers of Auburn and votes not to continue funding the LAEGC.

We need to take a leap of faith and trust that our in-house economic development department can and will move this great city forward in a prosperous direction.

All politics are local, so I beg taxpayers to, please, get involved. If people can't attend council meetings, they should call councilors or write to them. The councilors work for us.

Robert Sevigny, Auburn

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CAROLYN LIBBEY's picture

Addendum: Another group that

Addendum: Another group that should go is GrowSmart Maine. It has affiliation with the Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute whose vice president Roger Millar stated while in Lewiston : "My favorite definition of smart growth is this: Get drunk, walk home. Smart growth." The reference for this is a Sun-Journal article of November 20, 2013 entitled "Young and old want urban living, according to Smart Growth group."

CAROLYN LIBBEY's picture

Makes sense to me, Robert.

Makes sense to me, Robert. How about starting a committee to get rid of unecessary and financially burdensome groups such as the LAEGC. There are too many of these and so-called "think tanks" around.

Carol, do we really need

Carol, do we really need another committee? The Auburns City website lists at least 15 committees already. How about getting some people together for a little community activism to abolish some of these committees. We elect a city council every two years to conduct the affairs of the taxpayer. It is about time they step up to the plate and make decisions without years of committee meetings.

The comedian Fred Allen said; "A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling to do the unnecessary."

He may have been joking, but there is a lot to be said about that statement.

CAROLYN LIBBEY's picture

So true, Robert. So true.

So true, Robert. So true.

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Google "Norway Saving Bank Arena"

If you do google this you will see how useless LAEGC (and our own in house economic development unit) is at getting the word out. Only a small bit in the Bangor Daily News and a couple quick spots on WLBZ (Bangor) and WCSH (Portland) are found.

If LAEGC were to do it's job honestly and effectively, the fact that we have the only multiple sheet ice arena in the state should have made some waves somewhere. Yet even thirty miles away in Portland there was no mention of it in the media there (except for WCSH).

This is the kind of results we get for $165,000 a year. Shame on this council if we continue to shell out this kind of money for nothing.

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