BAMBOOZELD Part 2 BREAKING NEWS!!

 

BAMBOOZELD Part 2                BREAKING NEWS!!

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“Department of City Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux told Bronzeville residents Tuesday night that he “dropped the ball” and should have known sooner that Dollar Tree, and not a full service grocery store, was going to open at the corner of W. North Ave. and N. King Drive. “

Rewind….. Although he made that statement last night, wait a minute before you forgive him. Mr. Marcoux has been down this road before and this time you need to know about it and make some decisions Black Milwaukee. Somebody really bamboozling us and this time the fix is in.

City of Milwaukee and current aldermen knew all along Commissioner Marcoux might possibly be a pay to play, bait and switch operative for Anup “Andy” Khullar, and Dollar Tree.

YOU DECIDE!

In last night’s meeting with 6th district residents, Rocky Marcoux, Commissioner of the Department of City Development admitted to dropping the ball on the Bronzeville/Dollar Tree fiasco. However thanks to Sister Shakara, the Milwaukee Drum has learned that Marcoux has dropped the ball quite a few times, his department had some criminal investigations and he personally called for removal from office. YET here he was entrusted to be a key player on a most important project to revive Bronzeville. What were you thinking Bronzeville project managers and Mayor Barrett?

I ask does it ever end in Milwaukee? The mess we put up with in trusting some of our elected and what they sign off on is just impressive. Bravo because you all had me fooled for a minute. Why did you agree to re-nominate this man to his position and then turn around and work with him on this most important project? BUT I will lay out the facts and stories and let you be the judge so you cannot say you did not know or I influenced your due process. Maybe it is not big deal as the city tells me. HOWEVER we must press on with the fact that there cannot be a Dollar Tree on that corner. The pay to play ends now and we must stop the foolishness that has been going on. Mr. Marcoux must be handed his marching orders despite the mayor’s full support of his work. Why should we allow him his $$$ under the table at our expense? This should be the last time “drop the ball” and “bait and switch” are used in this city. The end to the Department of City Development and its Tony Soprano-like days need to end. By the way If y’all don’t see me tomorrow you know what happened to me!!Check the Milwaukee River family, check it!! Come for me.

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Since 2012 at least two aldermen complained to the city about Marcoux’s antics and bullying of companies and if that was not enough the county also shared in the frustration of working with him specifically. All told the mayor and other alderman about this commissioner’s inability to play nice and move the city forward and my favorite, GET THIS and see if it sounds familiar, “BAIT AND SWITCH” moves.

Yeah sounds jacked up doesn’t it!!

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READ THIS AND BE INFORMED:

Accusations and more about Marcoux and DCD from other sources:

From Bruce Murphy of Urban Milwaukee:

“…But the Abele administration soon ran into a roadblock: Department of City Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux.”

“Marcoux has generally made it more difficult for the county and city to join forces…”

“He (Kovac) accused DCD of spending money on new applications, developed by Precision Consulting Inc., despite the funds not being authorized by the council for this purpose.  The funding was only stopped when the city comptroller issued a cease and desist order.”

“But Kovac added that he’s heard complaints from private developers who say they are afraid to publicly speak out against Marcoux for fear of retaliation: “privately we’ve all heard it…everybody knows it,” Kovac contended.”

Bohl said he, too, had heard from a number of developers, and some staff members who have voiced concerns about the leadership of DCD.

The net effect is to delay the reappointment by Mayor Barrett and send notice that there are problems with Marcoux’s leadership….

From Don Walker of The Journal/Sentinel:

Kovac and Bauman had led opposition to Marcoux, saying that, under his tenure, his agency had been too secretive and lacked a vision for the city.

Marcoux had been under a cloud for weeks since Barrett renominated him. At a previous council meeting, Kovac said that a decision by a city development staff member to move money from one city account to another without council approval constituted an illegal act.

That statement prompted Ald. Bob Donovan to ask the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office to review the allegation. Assistant District Attorney David A. Feiss ultimately found no evidence to suggest any wrongdoing.

Marcoux has acknowledged that mistakes were made with the fund transfers and said steps had been taken to prevent it from happening again. Sound familiar…

On Tuesday, Kovac called the fund transfers a “slush fund,” adding that it may have not been a criminal act but was a violation of municipal law.

References:

Journal Sentinel

Georgia Pabst

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/commissioner-says-he-dropped-the-ball-in-dollar-tree-flap-b9932089z1-211133151.html

Don Walker

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/marcoux-given-four-more-years-to-run-dcd-9c70a51-171177191.html

Bruce Murphy   Urban Milwaukee

http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2012/06/26/murphys-law-rocky-road/

Dave Reid Urban Milwaukee

http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2012/07/25/a-really-rocky-road/

Photos:
 
Scott Paulus/City of Milwaukee

Karen Sherlock/Journal Sentinel

Sadly disappointed at this point….

Peace Family,

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3 responses to “BAMBOOZELD Part 2 BREAKING NEWS!!

  1. It is hard to believe that no one in City government knew what was going on at this site. If a regular citizen got a loan from the city, wouldn’t they be making periodic inspections to see the work? So I would think that the same procedure would apply considering the $350,000 loan that was given to the owner.

    • Rhonda SAY THAT!! I am most certain that we are not in the habit of giving $350,000 out and then just hoping that things turn out for the best!
      I would rather have seen that money have gone to struggling small Black businesses, struggling due to the economy than to have given it to ruthless sharks and snakes because they know how to work the system and whose palm to grease.
      But this is life in Milwaukee which seems to be a smaller version of a bad Italian flick.
      No one is this dumb that we all cannot smell the stench coming from off this deal and off this corner. This is an obvious mark and we are the ones left holding the bag. Now watch this will come back to bite us as Scott Walker and crew come in and say “well since you all can’t do it and are not accountable we at the state who are accountable will take it over,” and they would be right.
      We have allowed Tom Barrett to not only run free but never answer to anyone. Instead of asking Marcoux to step aside or fix this mess, they are already picking up his “dropped ball” and leading the charge about what a wonderful man he is. Annointing him to sainthood even!! So Black Milwaukee will be led to the slaughter house and in 2, 5, 10 years as we look back at this debacle and wonder why Blacks are in the mess we are in, no jobs, bad education, etc… look at your elected and Mr. Marcoux who is appointed until 2016 sometime and there lies your answer. How do they all sleep at night? How do we sleep at night letting them get over on us?
      Peace and thanks for your comments,
      WW

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