Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Councilman Mark Konapelsky Plan To Unite Crisfield

Mayor and City Councilman,
As councilman we are constantly under stress trying to make sure the decisions we make are best for the City and the people of Crisfield. This past Council meeting we had a situation that separated our board. I am reaching out to you today with my thoughts ,to see if we have some common ground, that can bring us together to work as a unified Council. Whether it be GCAT, Somos, Friends of Crisfield , or any other organization, we are constantly being asked for the backing of the City to further their goals. I do not see this as a good or bad thing but something we as Council need to view with caution. We need to know what we are voting for. If we would give all the organizations that ask for the City backing a blanket endorcement we could wind up with 3 agencies working against themselves for the same project. This could also work against the City and the grants the City itself applies for.
Why do I bring this up?................................... I have a possible answer to our situation.
In Princess Anne a group of private investors wanted to save the Washington Hotel. What did they do? The went to the City and asked to combine forces to save the Hotel. So the City of Princess Anne applied for a grant in the Cities name and the private investors did the rest. With this deal the City was able to hold onto the grant funding, and the private investors received what they wanted. A Hotel to succeed.
We can do this in Crisfield. Any and all organizations should be able to bring their ideas to City Council for review. At that point the City can either say yes or no as to whether the City wants to endorse that certain project. If the Council would like to back a project and a grant is required , the City should apply for the grant in the Cities name so as to always have control of the money. The organization can then concentrate on implementing the plan with the Cities help to better the City of Crisfield and move together as a unified community.
A simple note..... The City should always control the grant money. In that manner no funds are wasted on administrative fees, and 100% of the grant money would be going to where it is intended to.
Mark

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

I say bulldoze it.

Anonymous said...

Can this be used to build a 3rd span over the Bay? Have local companies build it while getting the money from a city?

Anonymous said...

Of all the grants crisfield has received in the past ten years I still don't see any results. What happened to priority place funding? New trees in the median? Where is the money going that somo received for a year round gardens for our town? We have a tiny one next to the closed mexican restaurant and a few more boxes next to city hall. What progress has been made on the community kitchen we've heard about? Where is the accountability for grant funding? The nurse practioner in town who has received many grants for a variety of projects and I still don't see any results. Where is the drone to smith island that she is claiming? What about the eye glasses program she is heading?

Anonymous said...

The problem,or part of the problem,are the Crisfield "elite" who have always owned and run everything.Get some retailers in there so people don't have to drive so far to shop for things.The first comment made a good point,all that money wasted on ferry "studies" but no ferry ever came about.I think it would encourage more commerce and visitors to cities on both ends of the ferry route but good luck getting any locals to promote it unless its something they can get rich off of too.

Anonymous said...

UNTIL you stop putting the welfare scum on waterfront like salisbury wants to do and put a WHIP DOWN ON THUG CRIME shitfeild will NEVER change.

Anonymous said...

This is laughable. Government never uses money wisely. Government is the worse possible organization to be trusted with tax payers money.

Anonymous said...

What buissness other than fried chicken would open there

Anonymous said...

What we want in Crisfield is jobs?WalMart distribution couldn't come to the county ,put it in Crisfield.demolish that carvel hall building and let someone/or something come in for free.with an agreement to hire qualified applicants from 21817.if not qualified,training applicants to succeed in the position.comment at 2:11 is so rite and the mayor is in that elite group.but if its no progress real soon.all u seated in that room are gonna b unseated.
Secondly,several years ago the town sold Paul's kitchen property for 200,000 and a guy in Bethesda just bought it for how much.enough to pave everyone's roads in the city.now who was the mayor that made that deal.yeah the Bethesda gentleman bought it for how much.00,000,000 yeah check the records.
And finally Konapelsky,I dont know who u is or where u from but ,if u wanna make a difference?start posting city meetings agenda on here so u can here more request and ideas from citizens.AND MAYBE U WILL SEE ME AGAIN.couple months ago u wanted to know where I was.i travel the country in my line of work.but your employer is currently offering me a position in the county rds dept.so maybe seeu at the Xmas parties too.

Anonymous said...

It's always interesting to see who receives the fees that go along with these "Grants". Crisfield has a group of professional Grant Getters so ask to see who gets paid out of the funds.

Anonymous said...

Heres a idea jt i just seen on Tv that there looking to put up another Bay ridge WHY cant it go to CRISFIELD.??????

Anonymous said...

True words have never been said

Anonymous said...

Just remember, grant money is not free money that grows on trees. It is tax payer money and should never be used for private enterprise. It seems no one even thinks about or suggest starting a business anymore without expecting grant money. It's a scam and we are now 18 trillion in debt and this grant money give away needs to stop.

Anonymous said...

3:21....right on the nail....I'd love to see a paper trail....right to their personal accounts. ....

Anonymous said...

I have a strong feeling when Trump gets elected the grant money will stop. He would expect anyone wanting to start a business to actually be able to afford to do so. He is smart and realizes grant money is no more than another social program to give away free money to crooks.

Anonymous said...

If they want Crisfield to come back they need to get rid of section 8 housing.

Anonymous said...

9:23PM. You think that Trump has never taken any grant money for any of his building projects over the years?

Anonymous said...

9:23pm; remember that Mr. Trump brags about his one million dollar "grant" from his father to start his first business. Not all grants come from tax payers. There are many privately funded grants, but most that are being issued are tax payer funded.

Anonymous said...

Your obviously not a homeowner taxpayer but a welfare MOOOOOOOOOCH.

Anonymous said...

Grants are taxpayers income taxes coming back to where you live

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Jt
Md case search up to date on the other blogger interesting.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I moved to Baltimore county so my property taxes pay for Somerset county's education and welfare because your poor asses can't support yourselves. Guess if it wasn't for the DOC there wouldn't be any jobs in your county. Not even WalMart is smart enough to know the workforce isn't there. Even if you don't get a check, you are a MOOOOOCH

Anonymous said...

Mark, so what is your and Laverne's plan for revitalizing Crisfield? I didn't think so! As an interested taxpayer I have attended more than my fair share of City Council Meetings and I can say in that time I have yet to see you propose a single measure that would promote city business, address the dilapidated state of many houses in the city, help the poor in the city (black or white), promote tourism or quite frankly anything substantial. Your vote not only effects the people in the city but also the surrounding area as GCAC is attempting to address the needs of the whole areas.

You have made insinuations CAC board members and their family are somehow going to benefit financially in some way. If so we as citizens need to know...please show us the money! From what I see they are a group of professionals who have donated their time and efforts to advance the cause of the region. My purpose is to clearly state my support of GCAC as the only viable answer to the vexing questions that have plagued Crisfield for decades. Your "thoughtful" oppositions is a way to obscure their message and put their plan in the waste heap of history without taking action. Based on your above position the Somos grant should be administered by the City (heaven forbid).. how about "It Takes a Village".. you want that responsibility too? Did the City handle the Sandy Funds? Why not? If this is your position why was your objections not voiced a City Council Meetings previously or is this a new evolving position that is reserved only for GCAC?

Your opposition is not thoughtful, it is harming everyone in the community. As Ronald Reagan said "government is not the answer, government IS the problem". In my opinion you, sir, are an obstructionist. Stand out of the way and allow Crisfield to prosper.

Anonymous said...

Wait until an intelligent person audits the Sandy Funds, watch them scatter then...

Anonymous said...

Mark, so what is your and Laverne's plan for revitalizing Crisfield? I didn't think so! As an interested taxpayer I have attended more than my fair share of City Council Meetings and I can say in that time I have yet to see you propose a single measure that would promote city business, address the dilapidated state of many houses in the city, help the poor in the city (black or white), promote tourism or quite frankly anything substantial. Your vote not only effects the people in the city but also the surrounding area as GCAC is attempting to address the needs of the whole areas.

You have made insinuations CAC board members and their family are somehow going to benefit financially in some way. If so we as citizens need to know...please show us the money! From what I see they are a group of professionals who have donated their time and efforts to advance the cause of the region. My purpose is to clearly state my support of GCAC as the only viable answer to the vexing questions that have plagued Crisfield for decades. Your "thoughtful" oppositions is a way to obscure their message and put their plan in the waste heap of history without taking action. Based on your above position the Somos grant should be administered by the City (heaven forbid).. how about "It Takes a Village".. you want that responsibility too? Did the City handle the Sandy Funds? Why not? If this is your position why was your objections not voiced a City Council Meetings previously or is this a new evolving position that is reserved only for GCAC?

Your opposition is not thoughtful, it is harming everyone in the community. As Ronald Reagan said "government is not the answer, government IS the problem". In my opinion you, sir, are an obstructionist. Stand out of the way and allow Crisfield to prosper.

Anonymous said...

So, when signed, thoughtful responses are made on this topic, why are they not posted? How about if the moderator of this blog comes out and identifies themself? Who are you? This is not a news blog, it is a garbage dump.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I hear the town council is going to put some fire under their lazy town managers ass!

Anonymous said...

Yeah I hear their great Town Manager isn't doing his job well and they are on his fat arse.

Anonymous said...

Get rid of the section 8 housing is how you start uniting Crisfield. You don't place sect 8 housing in a flood zone, where there are no jobs that even exist and expect the area to start flourishing. Only a local government looking for votes would do this and find a way to syphon money out of this system.
I did my part and took one of the many dilapidated Victorian style houses and renovated it.
I don't understand why I have to walk down to the dock and have racial slurs thrown my way as if I'm stepping on the wrong turf.

Anonymous said...

There will be no revitalization of Crisfield until people stop seeing articles about the water level rising and the land sinking in Crisfield. You may be able to build flood gates, and you should let people know if this has been done, but how can you stop the ground from sinking? If it's not true, then sue anyone claiming so and make it loud and clear that this is a fallacy. If it is sinking, then high-tail it out of there and cut your losses. NO ONE wants to invest in property that will be underwater in 25-50 years, even if it's a beautiful, old Victorian along Main Street that's priced insanely low. SAD!