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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Corrupt Aurora Public Library Project With Jail Design Surges Past $40 Million Cost to Taxpayers


The new Aurora Public Library project, which has been taken over and corrupted by Mayor Tom Weisner and his cronies has surged past $40 MILLION in cost (so far).  Previously, city and library officials failed to include the over $12 million interest on the bonds and debt taxpayers will pay as part of a massive tax increase.  See below for the jail design overview by architects Cordogan Clark, cronies of the mayor.

26 comments:

Al Kohollick said...

I absolutely fail to believe that the new Downtown library will be brought in over-budget. It's being managed by Ms. Katterman. Look at the body of her work with the Police Station/Jail. It takes a lot of skill and discipline to bring a major project in under or on budget. I'm sure that this new major project will be just like other major City of Aurora projects when it comes to being brought in under or on budget. It's the Aurora Way.....Second to None.......Our homeless deserve the very best in day-care. River Street deserves better than a half-empty Condo Complex. Let's rebuild Aurora in places where people stopped going over 40 years ago. Let's keep Cordogan Clark in business. Let's keep the Mayor's son gainfully employed. It's all good.

Anonymous said...

I can not tell if that is the new library, the police station or West High. Nothing against Cordogan Clark, but they should probably mix up their designs a little.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if what's being displayed now by Openline is the current design or not. Not too long ago Openline was showing something different. As far as on budget, I can't remember ANY public works project in ANY city ever coming in on budget.

Anonymous said...

Funny,
I'd have thought that a jail would have far less glass than this does. What interesting rhetoric. Looks like a standard issue public works project these days, doesn't it? And as for budgetary issues, who would expect this to come in under budget? What we would hope for would be near to budget, that's simply the way things work, and not just in Aurora.
And as for leaving the interest out of the discussion of the capitalization, I know that openline isn't very good with money discussions, but how was this not completely obvious from the very beginning? Everyone on earth knew this, and anyone that didn't know it would have been able to figure it out. I guess nothing else was happening today that could be talked about, right?
Now, as for using the same construction and design firms, that was always and ever going to be the case, right? Once again, how was this not completely obvious from day one?
Oh, and since I'm thinking about it, I talked to a source in the library community that said this is the best ever design, and that all other west suburban libraries are immediately going to take this facade and place it on their buildings. I also talked to someone who is an expert on library construction costing processes and they said that this building is going to be so far under budget that billions of money will be left over for a goldfish pond. Last, but not least, I talked to someone who is an expert in alien abductions, and they said that the entire population of the third planet circling Proxima Centuri are saving their pennies so that they can have openline abducted to that planet, to run their largest media empire.
Truth!

Anonymous said...

1:01
Gee pal, you sure spent way too much time with that comment of yours.

Anonymous said...

2:13, he may have, but it was worth it! ROFL

Anonymous said...

this is definitely the worst design I've ever seen for any library and it DOES look like a jail.

I have a better idea. Save the $40 million and send Weisner, Cordogan, Katterman, Terry Bohr (Wegman) and Bob Vaughan to a real jail.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter what it looks like, most kids in Aurora can't read anyway.

Anonymous said...

The only thing worse than this outside design is how pathetic and horrible the inside design is.

This is nothing more than a traditional old library model.

That's what happens when the mayor and his crooks get ahold of a project. To hell with taxpayers, children or the future.

Anonymous said...

The next project is a remodel of the old Waubonsee project downtown. They are trying o stick East Aurora with the bill the Superintendent and Board President said no so The Wiz is after them

Anonymous said...

All of us have empathy for the homeless; unfortunately we just show it in different ways.
That being said, the line is drawn when the homeless use their situation as a weapon against everyone else.
The library has their hands tied with this group.
If the library would take even the slightest step towards rectifying the "warming shelter" problem, the homeless would have Prarie Legal Services, the ACLU and every local shyster attorney crawling up the library's fanny.
I wish the library the best of luck on this problem.

Anonymous said...

Well one solution would have been to invest in virtualization equipment and the virtual libraries and collaboration of the future rather then this stupid 1800s Carnegie brick and mortar retard model.

If the taxpayers would have spoken out this would not have happened bu they were absent once again.

Anonymous said...

For all off Openline's bitching, name-calling and complaining, Weisner keeps marching forward without batting an eye and does whatever he wants to do and gets the backing of the council. Nothing ever changes. Nothing. Give it up Openline, you haven't ever done a damn bit of good to stop anything.

Al Kohollick said...

Is anyone taking bets on how much "over-budget" this project comes in at? I'm sure that all parties involved have an actual idea of what amount of over-spending is allowed......Pigs gotta eat.......Everyone has to wet their beak.

Anonymous said...

SO here's the part that I've been trying to figure out. Maybe someone can help me.
Why would the mayor, or anyone else have any input or even be interested in any aspect of the way the library looks or how it's designed on the inside? As long as the crony companies get their cut, why would they care in the least?

Anonymous said...

Is Cordogan Clark the only architectural firm in America?

River Street side of the building looks terrible!

OpenlineBlog said...

to 10:46am, you raise an important question about why the cronies care what happens on the inside as long as they get their cut and profit.

In order to do this project the RIGHT way and transform the library model of the past and create a library of the future, they would need to put resources into the actual library, not the pockets of cronies.

The original plan for the library BEFORE the mayor took control was for a much bigger library, tech-savvy, future-focused and innovative.

The mayor reduced that size to make sure the a magic number of profits would flow to his cronies and that could be paid for by a tax increase.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the response, openline, but I'm not sure that I agree with you. I see how there would be more profit for the associated companies, if the building is made smaller. That's pretty clear.
What I don't get is why you keep talking about the nature of the library itself, and the technology aspect. Seems to me that you'd have to move the lion's share of the stuff out of the old library, they can't just dump it. Beyond that, it's just a shell, a framework for services. I would guess that you can only do things that way, otherwise you're taking a very good chance at guessing wrong on the technology front. Bleeding edge, even leading edge technology would be a horrible mistake as it's often very expensive and it's too easy to be wrong.
At the moment, it's all about wireless, and that's a stable tech. What would you want to do beyond that? And please tell me that you're not suggesting that they simply dump the books?

Anonymous said...

In earlier posts Openline made it clear Openline DOES want to dump all books. Maybe have a nice big bonfire. Openline is against any new library that has ANY books in it. Openline just can't understand that although access to new and future technologies is important (and provided for in the design), printed books will still be around for a long, long time. A lot harder to change printed words, fairly easy to revise history, etc. if everything's digital.

Anonymous said...

I agree, get rid of print books. They belong to a by gone era. the library should charge a storage and handling fee for all physical books.

Anonymous said...

The reason the mayor keeps on with his crooked schemes is that no one cares except for a tiny minority. Fewer than 800 (out of, like, 20,000) people voted at all in the 4th ward primary and the two who won are ineffective dopes. There will be record lows during the "election."
Add the fact Aurora has no real investigative newspaper. When there are absolutely no consequences for criminal behavior you get----Aurora, second to One.

Anonymous said...

is that no one cares except for a tiny minority.

Exactly. People get the Government they deserve. Not only did they vote for corruption and incompetence with bates and Donnell but they voted for more corruption.

With this election the 4th Ward is now doomed. The once vaunted Downer Place homes will become multi-family units over the next 20 years. You can see it future if you drive down the former mansion district on Lincoln.

It has already started on Garfield and Galena moving west of Highland.

Time and again the people get what they voted for:

Mavis "Bats in the Belfry" Bates
Bill "Dumber than Dogshit" Donnell

Anonymous said...

Think the Whizz is coveting the old library for a new City Hall? Hmmmmmm?

Anonymous said...

Uh, 1:17, isn't the current city hall BIGGER than the old library? You think that TOM WEISNER would DOWNSIZE city government? No way!

Anonymous said...

How does this look like a Jail? How many jails are covered in glass?

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