To say that I am extremely sad that the Shaw building venture is not going ahead would be an understatement. I truly feel for all of the good people who supported me with my idea of breathing life into the South Wayne Street redundant nylon carpet manufacturing facility to develop an innovation center.
It was to include what many felt Milledgeville needed for the benefit of the community at large and included a substantial job creation number.
A considerable amount of time and money has been spent in trying to make the proposed $2.2 million repurposing project happen, regretfully to no avail. It is no surprise to me, my attorney reckons the file on the Shaw project has outgrown all other files in his office.
I express more than my disappointment in not managing to make things happen at the Shaw building and want to make what I feel is a very important point to all members of Milledgeville and Baldwin County.
If you really do care and want to see and experience changes for the betterment of Milledgeville, it is my personal opinion that there must be a vast improvement on how the City of Milledgeville is led and managed. The 'status quo' is not acceptable. If it is allowed to remain, there will be very limited potential for improvement.
Time is of the essence for successful property development.
As a property investor and businessman, my personal experience rating would be a 3 out of 10 with my City Hall dealings to date. Most would agree this isn't at all encouraging to investors wishing to bring beneficial improvements including jobs for our community.
I believe it's critical that immediate steps are taken to address the management of city affairs.
The current city manager recently demonstrated through retaliatory action taken against a member of the community that he is not a professional manager. His comparison on how to run a city government with car dealerships, and with all due respect to car dealers, bears no comparison at all.
In personal dealings with the city manager, he will not converse, communicate or interact in a positive manner. I am convinced that he believes that by being non-committal and silent is the smart and correct way to represent the City of Milledgeville. This may be acceptable in personal life, but surely, not acceptable when you are the manager of a city.
The City of Milledgeville works under a city manager form of government.
If this is a fact, surely the Mayor and Council Members have to be guided and assisted by a suitably qualified individual, available at City Hall Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and who has the professional experience and skill to administer in such a way that leaves nothing to question.
The city manager must make a positive impression on others in a professional way befitting that extremely important position.
I have recognized there are many job creating opportunities in Milledgeville that require kick starting by way of providing sound advice from experienced business people and the injection of necessary start up funding. Within the last two years, I am pleased to have been of assistance to new Milledgeville start up businesses.
A suitable location is of prime business importance. Local government stability where the business locates is also critical.
In this regard and until there is a significant change for the better in the management of city affairs, I will be very hesitant in making any further investment in Milledgeville.