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McHenry's boondoggle

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 5, 2013 1:04 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

McHenry mayoral candidate Steve Cuda’s assertion that the city’s purchase of the public works building was a boondoggle would not be made if the acquisition had been done transparently.

If it had been done openly with community input considered, if it was going to be a boondoggle, it probably wouldn’t have happened. If it still did happen, even if a boondoggle, you probably wouldn’t be hearing about it because it would have been everybody’s boondoggle and everybody would have had ownership of the decision.

There’s a large industrial building without a flat roof for sale on Bull Valley Road next to Holy Apostle’s Church. I wonder if that owner, or others, might have come forward if they knew the city had $5 million to spend on buying and fixing a building.

Who’s interest was protected by having all of the discussions in secret? The lack of transparency is unacceptable.

Marylou WalshMcHenry

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