Letter to the Anoka Union Editor Published 5 January 2007
(Windego Park Society lease agreement takes place after midnight 12-18-06. Edited comments)
It would seem WPS is a nonprofit with our mayor, Bjorn Skogquist, as past president, his brother as current president, and their mother, Barb Thurston, as secretary.
The Windego "financials" were unsigned, incomplete, un-audited and did not support their ability to finance a proposed two million dollar project.
How could our city manager have recommended such a poor quality presentation? How could our city manager imagine that WPS, who after a decade of promotion, solicitation and fundraising (and has only $5,000 to show for it) could somehow raise 2 million to complete a three phase program.
At the time of the lease signing, the first insurance premium will likely wipe out its entire cash balance. Assuming it can qualify for insurance without proper financial papers.
We as citizens demand better performance from our city manager.
How could Anoka's finance director call the Windego financial information "good" when simple entries like "cash on hand" are overstated by over $100,000? How can $300,000 in in-kind promises of free services or labor be equated with cash?
Where are valid project estimates created by reputable architects and contractors? Where is the public support for this project?
This project deserves more daylight than it has received. Should the project be done at all? If it is a great idea is WPS really the best group to partner with?
The turning over of city property to an untested, under-funded and relatively unknown group which cannot prove their ability to complete the project shows poor stewardship on the part of Anoka's elected leadership and paid management.
Maybe our leaders would like to buy some 'magic beans'.
An Anoka resident