The BND posed the question last Sunday, “How will the new faces on the City Council affect the future the city?” Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert said he will be happy to see the confrontation and bitterness go away. Will they all join hands and sing “Kumbaya“ and do the mayor’s bidding, or any of the “Belleville Seven” truly independent as they claim to be?
I don't think that Aldermen Lillian Schneider or Joe Hayden were ever disrespectful to mayor; they merely wanted answers about the Shrine project that were never supplied and remain unanswered today. I know the vetting of the Keller Group went all the way to Rome, but the city has never looked into Keller’s financial status or past performance. Are we then to assume Rome will bail the city out when this deal for developing property owned by the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows falls apart? How irresponsible.
I’m curious why the Belleville News-Democrat has never looked into the Keller Group. The paper is aware of the lack of information upon which Belleville's aldermen will have to vote. But I guess since 84 percent of Belleville’s voters don't care, why should the BND or anyone give a damn?
Mayor Eckert, you win.
William H. Bremen Sr.