CHEAP SEATS: BDIA has two years to show some results
The Belleville Downtown Improvement Association is in crisis, which is not necessarily news as the BDIA seems to be in perpetual crisis.
The problem is that the stakes have never been greater, and the plans for improvement aren’t.
The BDIA was dragged before city council Monday basically because half the board resigned and then complained about what was going to happen next.
Now, walking away is never the answer, and running to the principal after you have had your hat handed to you in fight isn’t that great a solution either.
That being said, the criticisms being raised are valid, particularly that when it comes to the board, everything new is old again.
Also, quite frankly some decisions, like hiring a part time executive director instead of full time, are just goofy.
To make matters worse, all of this now sits under the microscope of downtown revitalization, and Belleville taxpayers are not going to fiddle while the BDIA burns away a $34 million investment.
Belleville council gave the BDIA a reprieve Monday, but it comes with a deadline.
Be assured, if the BDIA doesn’t get its act together in the next two years and show some results, they will find themselves before council again. And the outcome will be a lot different.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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