EDITORIAL: City must find resolution to Lakeview Commons
The new City Council and city manager’s first test of effectiveness will come in two weeks at a public hearing on the stalled Lakeview Commons project.
And it’s a test they need to pass.
The fenced-off beach in the middle of town is becoming an eyesore and a constant reminder of the failures of the last regime. Progress needs to be made on this project – and it needs to be made soon.
The current City Council needs to take whatever steps are necessary to keep this project from stalling in the courts, like it has since September. City staff should focus on finding a “global resolution,” in the words of City Attorney Patrick Enright, that will get this project moving.
If contractor Reeve-Knight decides to appeal a judge’s decision that the project needs to be re-bid entirely or awarded to the next lowest responsive bidder, Clark & Sullivan, this could easily become the town’s next “hole.”
El Dorado Beach is one of the most prominent and accessible beaches on the South Shore. It’s bad enough that it will be closed for the upcoming summer season – an additional summer in 2012 would be unacceptable.
The new City Council members all ran on a platform of getting things done and eschewing the ineptitude of councils past.
In a past interview, new City Manager Tony O’Rourke said the city needs to earn the trust of its citizens on a daily basis.
This is a prime opportunity to earn back that trust and prove some platform platitudes true. Let’s hope both O’Rourke, city staff and the new council take advantage of it.