BAMBOOZELD Part 2 BREAKING NEWS!!
“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.
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.
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!!
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.
Bruce Murphy Urban Milwaukee
Dave Reid Urban Milwaukee
Scott Paulus/City of Milwaukee
Karen Sherlock/Journal Sentinel
Sadly disappointed at this point….