Saturday, April 13, 2013

Gloucester, VA - Looking Inside The Main Street Preservation Trust

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  We are going to examine some of the information on the Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust site and see what can be made of it.






2012 Initiatives

  • Manage the asset known as Main Street Center
  • Support the Gloucester Main Street Association by providing office space,funding the Director's office along with marketing, advertising and website initiatives.
  • Manage the fa├žade improvement grant program
  • Partner with Gloucester County and the community to create and have adopted a sub plan for the Court House village area
  • Develop a billboard on Route 17 to attract people to Main Street
  • Work with consultants to strengthen the already existing businesses on Main Street
  • Work with consultants to devise business recruitment strategies for Main Street
  • Manage the database of available spaces for lease and sale along Main Street
  • Become a business resource for new business looking to locate on Main Street by providing support and information to navigate the process
  • Continue to be a resource for those property owners seeking historic tax credits through rehabilitation of their buildings
  • Assist is establishing a fund for long term capital investment (revolving loan program)
  • Introduce the MSPT to the community and its organizations.  Share our projects and initiatives
  • Actively market the new event space at Main Street Center to the community as a venue for meetings and events both publicly and privately
The above comes off the Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust site and is copied here under the DMCA fair use laws of the US.  http://mspt.org/about.html  is a link to the page where the above is located.

  We want to take a bit of a different look at the above information and see if what they say may have a hidden meaning than appears.  The first area is "Partner with Gloucester County and the community to create and have adopted a sub plan for the Court House village area".  Well we see that this has happened.  And just what does a third party non profit entity have getting into the business of the local government?  With Louise Theberge on the board of the Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust, it was a shoe in.  Plus it shows the intention of embedding themselves into the local government?  

  "Become a business resource for new business looking to locate on Main Street by providing support and information to navigate the process".  

  Could that be interpreted as become a snoop to learn how much money someone has and steer them to the inside circle of contacts to suck as much money out of would be business owners?  Think about it.  Give free resources and people will think you are trying to help them.  You can then steer them to partners who will bilk them dry for fees on setting everything up for them.

  Are we saying this is what they are doing?  No.  But we are saying that it has the appearance that this can happen and have no idea if this is happening.  But ask yourself, why else would they do this for free?  They are getting valuable information from you.  Are you willing to risk your money?  You know what they say about free advice.  What's it worth?  

"Work with consultants to device business recruitment strategies for Main Street".

  Again, what is in it for a non profit organization to do something like this?  You have to ask these questions.  Is it again to see how much money someone has and see how much money you can suck out of their pockets?  You have to wonder.  

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These are the most recent pictures of Ben Coffee before he disappeared just after the Christmas and New years holidays of 2012.  Ben is still missing with still no leads having been found.  If you have seen Ben, please contact the Virginia State police with any information you may be able to provide.

  If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Ben Coffey, please contact the state police or if you are uncomfortable with that,email us at benmissing2@gmail.com  .  We will keep any and all information you share with us private and it will not be published.  

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Friday, April 12, 2013

More Issues With Gloucester's Secret Triad Government

In this series of 3 pictures are more concerns.  We are only using these pictures to illustrate the concerns.  What we are looking at in the pictures here is a building that was refurbished by Courthouse Construction and funded by Gloucester County, your tax dollars, Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust Courthouse Construction even kicked in money of their own to help finish the job.  We have no issues with the project here.

The building is a part of Bay Aging which qualifies for federal, state and local funding.  So again, no issues.  In fact, for the most part we applaud the entire project.  Our concerns do not involve Courthouse Construction in any way.

The project was completed in 2010.  The second picture is part of the dedication ceremony.  Here is the problem we see however and again we point out that it's not with this project, the Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust being in the middle of any project dramatically changes the dynamics of any potential project and is what is a serious threat to everyone in Gloucester County.

Here is why.  With the Main Street Preservation Trust being in the middle of any project, you have no idea what is being planned for your tax dollars and how they will be used.  With the trust being partnered with the county government, the trust can bypass government rules and regulations in hiring contractors that it picks from it's list of friends and no competition even exists.  Government regulations do not have to be followed when the trust is in charge of the project.  That is in our view why the sidewalks on Main Street are so poorly done.

Secret meetings can be conducted by the Trust that are never open to the public yet affect everyone in the county just the same.  Planning from this trust has already dramatically hurt Gloucester Main Street businesses in our view making life harder for each of them as well as more expensive with the beautification initiatives.  Again, the  Gloucester Main Street Trust has Louise Theberge, Chair Person from the Gloucester Board of Supervisors, on it that we see as a major conflict of interest and a serious threat to everyone.  It's a violation of the public trust.  But obviously she does not care.

  Government has certain safety rules and regulations that must be met when rebuilding streets and public areas.  When partnered with the Trust, if the trust manages the project, then those rules and regulations no longer apply even though they are supposed to?  We really do not need the Triad running government or even involved in it in any way.

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