While RDA Staff move ahead full-speed to spending billions implementing Slager/Visclosky Transformation Plan, Board cannot be bothered to hold a public meeting again.
January 5, 2018-The Board of Directors of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) has cancelled yet another meeting. A meeting scheduled for January 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. has been cancelled according to a notice sent from the staff of the unelected Board. As always, the notice contains no reason for the cancellation. Meetings are scheduled and cancelled at the whim of the Chair, Donald P. Fesko, CEO of Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana.
Rest assured, the lack of a meeting will not stop the staff of the RDA from pushing full steam ahead with plans to institute new taxes, take money from your schools and police, and pay consultants to push failed ideas in the region. At the last meeting of the RDA, CFO Sherri Ziller detailed plans to take “stakeholders”-people THEY consider important to their plans-on a bus tour to push the overwhelmingly unpopular Lake County Convention Center along with the new food and beverage tax that will come along with it.
Additionally, the RDA is pushing plans to spend $700M in local tax money to build mixed-use commercial and residential properties along the South Shore Railroad Corridor. According to proponents of the plan, including Schererville State Representative Harold “Hal” Slager, this would “radically transform” northwest Indiana, increasing density and drawing new residents.