The theater debacle (hurriedly implemented over a single weekend) seemed, from its devious beginning, simply a ploy (by the city of Sterling) to divert (lend) more than half a million supposedly protected taxpayer dollars to the Greater Sterling Development Corp. (basically an extension of the city).
Our civic leaders ignored public protest concerning secret “deals with the devil” in the furtherance of their own “historic landmark” acquisition and restoration agenda. The unethical decision to enter into this contract may have irreparably tarnished the public’s perception of the city’s integrity, credibility, and/or competence.
I remember the infamous quote from one deeply involved official. In effect, she states that “even if the questionable partner reneges on his contract, the city would, at least, gain a theater.” I wonder whether our albatross of a golf course was on her mind as she conveniently omitted any reference to the total past, present, and future expenditures citizens incurred along with this project.
Considering the possible employment of an “end justifies the means” stratagem, further scrutiny and investigation may reveal that the current situation has been orchestrated and is, in actuality, the very result that its promoters originally desired.
If all this speculation (and it is merely speculation) proves incorrect, I hereby apologize. But unfortunately, that would lead us to the obvious conclusion that the culprits, most likely responsible for the dismal outcome of this fiasco, are local cronyism and gross incompetence.