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$58K to Purchase Former Howard’s Diamond Center

April 13, 2014

WHEELING — City officials’ years-long pursuit of the former Howard’s Diamond Center in the downtown appears to be over, with City Council set to approve an agreement to acquire the vacant building......

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Apr-14-14 11:16 AM

The city is prepared to not care what people say about this because it is fleetng and people will move on to next outrage or shiny thing. Politicians and gov managers know that people don't pay much attention and at election time people will vote from someone with the best colors on his signs, or that he belongs to some club or from some religion or ethnic group. It would matter not that he was escaped Nazi war criminal, they would have already forgotten that. People do not hold officials accountable for their conduct and officials know that. Hence you have a city manager say that he is happy with the deal, he spent about twice the was after all not coming out of his salary...that went up incredibly this year...member dat? No accountabiliy at all, so whats new. They do count on voters having Attention Deficit. And it works. Member the apt bldg on Washington Ave, or the playground secret funding? Course not. Dancing with the stars? Oh yeah that guy did that dance!!

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Apr-13-14 6:09 PM

If Herron was using HIS money would he be willing to pay more than the value? Funny stuff. Banks will only loan money on the value! City spenders they don't care!

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Apr-13-14 5:53 PM

I have some land for sale in florida that never gets flooded.Wink,Wink Does wheeling want to buy it.

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Apr-13-14 11:04 AM

I am speechless!Why would the city pay twice the assessed value and more than the appraised value plus pay for demolition????? I can guarantee the city will pay 3 times the typical cost to demolish this structure due to structural issues. Any demo contractor in their right mind is going to triple the price due to complexity and fear of damaging other building in process. After all of this the site will still not be a marketable piece of property due to remaining two buildings. What a joke. The city manager needs to explain why the owner was not forced to demolish structure? Let me see-Buy a vacant lot for $20k? or take liability and pay $100k????. Poor decision after poor decision.

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Apr-13-14 9:56 AM

Wheeling math: acquire a vacant building for twice the assessed value and 16% more than the appraised value in order to demolish said building and create a vacant lot that will sit forever vacant.

Remember this when your taxes increase, as they must.

Herron & the Boy Mayor earn something like $125,000 combined to run a small city of 28,000.

The mayor of Pittsburgh earns about $102,000 to run a large city with skyscrapers, tons of bridges, great universities, three professional sports teams, outstanding hospitals, much larger area and 300,000 residents, in addition to the many thousands who commute in on a daily basis.

Food for thought?

Wheeling's boss is VASTLY overpaid. $60,000 per year might be too much for a qualified manager.

Herron must go.

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Apr-13-14 7:04 AM

the city is paying twice the assessed value for a dilapidated dumb.and who's going to pay to tear it down?the taxpayers are footing the bill while the building owner makes out like a bandit[and the rich gets richer].the taxpayers will end up with a $100,000 empty all need to send your city leaders out for some training.

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