July 23, 2010

Barry Blocking the Park

Yesterday Councilmember Marion Barry (D – Ward 8) issued a disapproval motion to block the contract for the new park here in LeDroit Park.  Mr. Barry couldn’t even bother to issue an explanation for meddling in a Ward One park and Councilmember Jim Graham is duly upset.  Contracts over $1 million must be submitted to the Council and such contracts are approved if the Council takes no action within a certain number of days.  Mr. Barry’s procedural move will delay the project by at least 45 days until the Council reconvenes in September and can vote on the motion.

Mr. Barry also issued another mysterious disapproval resolution yesterday to block DDOT’s consolidation of its offices into one building near Nats Stadium.  Mr. Barry was stripped of his chairmanship in March after it was revealed last July that he was issuing do-nothing city contracts to his girlfriend.  Our sources tell us that since then he has taken to generously sprinkling disapproval measures for projects throughout the District in a desperate move to show that he still matters.

The park can still move forward without the extra delay if Mr. Barry is convinced— likely with an old-school lobbying effort— to withdraw his motion.  It’s a pity, though, that important government projects are subject to the whims of childish councilmembers.  It should not take yet another lobbying effort to get this park built.

In a city that decries Congressional meddling in local affairs, it’s truly ironic that a desperately need Ward One project is put on hold by a councilmember we didn’t even elect.

Categories: Good Goverment, Park at LeDroit
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4 Replies

  1. What an idiot.

    Eric - July 23, 2010 @ 1:40 pm
  2. This park will be such a great improvement to our neighborhood. I found the email address for Marion Barry and his staff. I plan on sending emails every day asking why Mr. Barry would damage this neighborhood and Howard University community. If you want to send a message to Mr. Barry, the email addresses for him and his staff are below. Please join me in trying to save our park!

    mbarry@dccouncil.us, btolson@dccouncil.us, eholmes@dccouncil.us, drouse@dccouncil.us, dhubbard@dccouncil.us, mrious@dccouncil.us, smason@dccouncil.us, eparsons@dccouncil.us, dbrewer@dccouncil.us, brichardson@dccouncil.us, bclark@dccouncil.us, pdouglas@dccouncil.us

    Kyle - July 23, 2010 @ 8:25 pm
  3. What a sad joke of a man.

    Cassidy - July 24, 2010 @ 9:10 am
  4. Thank God he is old…you can’t be in office much longer I’d hope…He has damaged this city enough…

    Flagler Pl NW - July 24, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

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