Nov 11, 2010

What? No Comment?

Philip R. Klein has avoided comment on the latest round in the proposed Beaumont ISD Hotel and Convention Center. From the Southeast Texas Record, dated Nov. 10, 2010:
Judge Floyd allows BISD to press on with possible $50M event center & hotel

The Beaumont Independent School District can carry on with discussions about possibly building a hotel and events center -- a speculative $50 million project -- near its new football stadium, thanks to a local judge's Nov. 8 ruling.

Despite contradictory testimony from a board member, Jefferson County Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, found that Superintendent Carrol Thomas was following the direction of the BISD school board when he began requesting qualifications for potential builders.

On Oct. 27, Beaumont residents Sonny Sherman, Chester Sherman and Michael Neil filed and obtained a temporary injunction against BISD, hoping to stop the district from constructing a proposed 8,000-seat multipurpose event center and 200-300 room hotel at the site of the Carrol A. "Butch" Thomas Educational Support Center on Interstate 10.
Beaumont attorney Michael Getz is representing the plaintiffs.
After hearing the arguments, Judge Floyd found that the Beaumont ISD could proceed:
The plaintiffs in the case maintain the proposed building site, according to the $389 million 2007 bond, can only be used for the construction of new school buildings.

They allege BISD misled voters in 2007 by not declaring that they intended on building an events center and hotel with taxpayer money.

They further claim the athletic complex has already "ballooned" over budget by $15 million.

Judge Floyd said since no contract has been signed and there was only possible discussions between the district and contractors, then he could not issue the restraining order at this time.
He said the matter could come up again in the future, however.
In my opinion, an official request for qualifications is evident of intent and constitutes more than "possible discussions." Since Klein has ignored this, perhaps he should explain why.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

How interesting that filup hasn't written any deragotory comments about Judge Floyd's ruling. Or him being a democrat. In fact, I don't recall him having ever written any critical comments on the civil court judges. Could there be a reason?

Coylin said...

it just tickles me how Klein claims he doeesn't read the sites that criticize him and yet amazingly, his posts are often answers to posts on those sites... hmmmm... he wouldn't be LYING would he?

Philip Kliar said...

When is Kliar going to tell us about the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission blowing up churches?