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    Posted: 08/April/2009 at 8:57am
Not all letters need to be focused on the FPR.

Here is an open letter from Tony Sarley:



FAU (Forget About Us)

For an encore, “Cab” Calderone sang the blues about Forest Park missing out on federal stimulus money for the Harvard and Jackson street improvement projects. Public Works missed the cash as opportunity knocked and our “Cold Patch Kids” didn’t answer. Maybe they thought it was the Maestro’s creditors looking for VIB (Village is Broke) loan payments.

Calderone whined on, claiming that it wasn’t because we have a bad engineer or we didn’t try, but the free money was for “shovel ready” improvements to FAU routes only. In his finest “Kiwanian” dialect, “Cab” whaled FFFFFF AAAAAA UUUUUU, Federal Aid Urban system funding doesn’t apply to any streets in Forest Park. Then the choir of commissioners warbled repeatedly the song’s hook; “Don’t Youuuuu FAU, Don’t Youuuuu Forget About Us.” Calderone is right, our consulting engineer isn’t bad, but he did Forget About Us.”

Without request “Cab” then launched into a spirited rendition of the “Five Year Plan Jive,” pleading for support from the three blind mice. Calderone doesn’t realize that only professional direction of Public Works will develop goals to improve and maintain our infrastructure. He knows however, that consultants only love you when they’re playing (billing) and nothing beats competent in house leadership.

The final curtain will fall on VIB performances when the “Rehabbers” (formerly Mark “Loan Me” Hosty and Mike “Community Calender” Curry) and “Goldilocks” present, for a return engagement, Tim “Abbey Road” Gillian to conduct Forest Park’s financial swan song. The he will teach “Baby Bear” Tellalian about ash-fault paving!

Previously I have pointed out that this council has cost Forest Park residents a lot of money due to incompetent financial management and lack of professional leadership. Hopefully Goldilocks, the Rehabbers, Rosy and Baby Bear will Forget About Us and leave!
   


Tony Sarley
541 Thomas Avenue
4/2009

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been meaning to get to this - a busy few days on FPF.
 
i love tony's writing but have a major problem w/it - it's too insider, i don't 'get' most of his subtleties and targets.
perhaps i am not his audience, but i would love to read, in clearer writing, what the heck is going on in this town - especially financially.
tony tracks this more than most, and tony has the skills to evaluate it more than most. a powerful combination.
so, am i the audience or not?
 
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I don't appreciate all of Sarley's innuendo names that I am not privy to.  Doesn't John Kass (Trib columnist) use all those side names in his articles?  To me, it makes it worth less with all that crap.  Just tell us what you want us to know and forget all the stupid side names.  We are all not in on the joke; so if you want more to "get it", tell it to us straight.
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Originally posted by backman backman wrote:

Not all letters need to be focused on the FPR.

Here is an open letter from Tony Sarley:



FAU (Forget About Us)

For an encore, “Cab” Calderone sang the blues about Forest Park missing out on federal stimulus money for the Harvard and Jackson street improvement projects. Public Works missed the cash as opportunity knocked and our “Cold Patch Kids” didn’t answer. Maybe they thought it was the Maestro’s creditors looking for VIB (Village is Broke) loan payments.

Calderone whined on, claiming that it wasn’t because we have a bad engineer or we didn’t try, but the free money was for “shovel ready” improvements to FAU routes only. In his finest “Kiwanian” dialect, “Cab” whaled FFFFFF AAAAAA UUUUUU, Federal Aid Urban system funding doesn’t apply to any streets in Forest Park. Then the choir of commissioners warbled repeatedly the song’s hook; “Don’t Youuuuu FAU, Don’t Youuuuu Forget About Us.” Calderone is right, our consulting engineer isn’t bad, but he did Forget About Us.”

Without request “Cab” then launched into a spirited rendition of the “Five Year Plan Jive,” pleading for support from the three blind mice. Calderone doesn’t realize that only professional direction of Public Works will develop goals to improve and maintain our infrastructure. He knows however, that consultants only love you when they’re playing (billing) and nothing beats competent in house leadership.

The final curtain will fall on VIB performances when the “Rehabbers” (formerly Mark “Loan Me” Hosty and Mike “Community Calender” Curry) and “Goldilocks” present, for a return engagement, Tim “Abbey Road” Gillian to conduct Forest Park’s financial swan song. The he will teach “Baby Bear” Tellalian about ash-fault paving!

Previously I have pointed out that this council has cost Forest Park residents a lot of money due to incompetent financial management and lack of professional leadership. Hopefully Goldilocks, the Rehabbers, Rosy and Baby Bear will Forget About Us and leave!
   


Tony Sarley
541 Thomas Avenue
4/2009




Shorter Sarley:

Not having a Village Administrator savvy in funding issues and focused on getting stimulus monies left FoPa out of the money.
MATC tried to downplay the loss by saying there would be funding in the future in our five year planning.
Current Projects might have conformed to or been adapted to the guidelines if anybody "in-house" had the brains, training and/or experience in the application process.

The money we could get requires matching funds, but the VIB (village is broke) so we either go deeper in debt or lose the funding. Either way, the projects are NOT shovel ready.

Bottom line: Not only did we miss the boat this round, but continued cronyism makes it likely we'll be missing any and all of the boats.
"It is a wreave belief that we already are in Hell."- Tuluk in Frank Herbert's "Whipping Star"
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thank you, much.
guess those were my suspicions.
do all stim funds need matching funds? who is goldylocks?
 
btw, i'm am damn sure we have a few folks in this town who would have been delighted to hunt and secure the stim$$. it wasn't that hard.
they would have done it for a modest fee or pro bono - if they were asked. jeesh.
 
 
 
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Originally posted by citizen citizen wrote:

btw, i'm am damn sure we have a few folks in this town who would have been delighted to hunt and secure the stim$$. it wasn't that hard.
they would have done it for a modest fee or pro bono - if they were asked. jeesh. 
But that would be admitting that they are all not capable of doing the jobs there were elected or wanted to do then wouldn't it?
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Originally posted by piehead piehead wrote:

Originally posted by citizen citizen wrote:

btw, i'm am damn sure we have a few folks in this town who would have been delighted to hunt and secure the stim$$. it wasn't that hard.
they would have done it for a modest fee or pro bono - if they were asked. jeesh. 
But that would be admitting that they are all not capable of doing the jobs there were elected or wanted to do then wouldn't it?
the chore would have naturally gone to the VA, but i think the $tim was announced about the same time as sturino left.
fine, then delegate or find a volunteer. the stim program was made super easy to apply for - tailor made for small municipalities.
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