At a time when we’re watching every nickel and dime to try to hold off the kind of financial slide that has caused some of our neighboring cities to lay off employees and cut services, I am thrilled to report that with Jim Bowling in his corner Gene Roberts climbed into the steel cage to fight for a share of the $14 million stimulus dollars that was available in our region. The match had it’s highs and lows and plenty of blood, sweat and tears but at the sound of the bell in the final round Kent was still standing. Besides being a moral victory, our prize money added up to $3 million in cold hard cash. $3 million bucks, that’s a lot of pennies my friend. If Clint Eastwood won an Academy for his Million Dollar Baby I will personally build a monument to honor Gene Roberts for producing this $3 Million Dollar Baby for Kent.
What this money does is allow us to afford the bridge project and still pave streets, repair pipes and keep all of our other capital projects moving forward. If we had not been successful we would have had to put all of our other infrastructure projects on-hold which would have set us back for years. You just can’t play catch up with infrastructure and these funds make sure we won’t have to.
Major props to Gene and Jim for always being prepared so that when the moment is right for Kent, we can navigate through the trouble spots and come out the other side better than when we went in.