Setting the $20 Million Table
So way back when, the US Navy decide to abandon many naval air stations around the country, one location in particular left a horrific legacy. The US Navy had it’s base at Mountain Creek Lake in District 3 in the southwestern part of Dallas. While there for decades, they did a thorough job of polluting the land and the lake. So entrenched was this contamination, that PCB’s still lie on the bottom of the lake and plumes of toxicity still waft through the land today.
The US Navy did the best job that they thought they could do in cleaning the land and agreed to continue cleaning the lake until around 2017. They haven’t done any more cleaning since. But before leaving, they wrote a check for $20 million to the City of Dallas. This was a fund set up for the city to redevelop the land so that it could market the land to a more profitable use.
The money sat for years in the bank until not too long ago, the money was moved. The money was moved in two phases to the city’s general fund. So we have questions. District 3 city council member Dave Neumann with his financial degrees says he didn’t know it. He was surprised. It’s his job to know it. It just seems, Dave Neumann is always the last to know anything bad happening in his district. He’s always late to the party.
But back in September at a neighborhood meeting that we attended with XTO and the city of Dallas, Dave Neumann hosted a get to know your gas driller and said that this could be a ‘sweet deal for all’. Dave was the host with the most. Maybe the most to gain?
We have questions:
1. Who decided the money needed to be moved?
2. Why was the money moved?
3. Did the city know that by moving the money, setting it up for gas drilling, it knew that no one would ever want to do business there or much less live near there?
4. It appears that this table was set up just for the gas industry to do it’s dirty work, so we ask…..