The $18 Million Dollar Betrayal

Th $18MM Betrayal

Cheaters prosper until there are enough who bear grudges against them to make sure they do not prosper.

—Peter Singer

The iconic bridge of Rockville.  It represents a simpler time. Today, however, it is used as a symbol of power, corruption, and betrayal.

In 2012, the town was told that the Rockville bridge needed to be brought up to code or a new bridge would need to be constructed next to it to handle traffic in the future.  The cost to build a new bridge next to the old bridge would be roughly $2.2 million. The state would pay the cost to construct this bridge via a grant and the town could simply accept this money. 

No problem. We simply accept the money and build the new bridge right?  Umm, no. You see, the mayor and a few town council members live on the existing corridor.  They certainly did not want the additional traffic from the new, larger bridge going by their house.  Mayor Leach told the state that she’d find land for an entirely new corridor.  

Mayor Leach then made a sweetheart deal with a wealthy investor to get new land for the corridor further away from her house in exchange for some major town ‘favors’ that betray all of our existing ordinances by creating a special new overlay zone for this one individual (to be covered in a different issue). Of course creating an entirely new corridor that crossed sensitive lands, needed newly paved roads and a larger bridge would cost significantly more. This required even more funds from the residents and much more from the state.

In short, instead of spending $2 million and having the project completed a couple of years ago, it is now estimated that the total project will be over $18 million, it will disturb town-declared sensitive lands, and now run through the backyard of less powerful neighbors in the town.  

In short, instead of spending $2 million and having the project completed a couple of years ago, it is now estimated that the total project will be over $18 million, it will disturb town-declared sensitive lands, and now run through the backyard of less powerful neighbors in the town.  

 

It’s just too bad that the state had to lose $18 million for the selfish decision.  It’s too bad our sensitive lands will now be a commercial corridor. It’s too bad other town neighbors now have a brand new corridor so that they mayor can have a more peaceful evening under the stars. 

They say that when you’re the mayor, the pay isn’t great, but the benefits are to die for. It’s great to be the mayor…. Not so great to be her neighbor!

This week the light of shame is shined on Mayor Leach.

The Friends of Rockville

Protecting our Town from Corruption.

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