Some email questions I'll be packing for Wednesday's P-B Dialogues event at the library, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.:
Hi – my question (if I can’t be at the DMC public meeting) – What specific actions will the city of Rochester and Mayo Clinic take in regards to the transit situation for downtown? I feel strongly that the exhaust from the buses all being cramped together, and so close to MC that the patients and visitors have no choice but to inhale fumes every hour, but where else could we put them? What can they do to improve the transit system right away to lay a path for if/when this truly becomes a destination medical center, while still maintaining a safe and convenient way for our guests to get around Rochester -
Thanks – Tonia Forscher
I'm unfortunately unable to attend this Wednesday, so I'm taking you up on your offer to submit questions for the panel. While I don't pretend to receive actual honest answers from the panel, I've listed some of the burning questions amongst me and my colleagues.
Why should RAMCA have the power of eminent domain?
How is the State going to make up the difference in tax revenue going forward, or is there an agreement that the operating budget will have to be reduced to accommodate less total revenue?
How important are public schools to the Destination Medical Center? Do they fit into their definition of a "livable city"?
If I don't work at Mayo, and neither does my wife, and I don't stay in a hotel, how will DMC benefit me?
How are you planning to mitigate conflict of interest with current and former employees of Mayo Clinic on the 9-person RAMCA body? Should Mayo employees on the City/County side be excluded?
With so much emphasis being placed on the city's comprehensive plan in the legislation language, shouldn't we do a full update with public input beforehand? (It hasn't been completely updated since 1979)
- in advance of 585 million in public investment and/or 5 billion in private investment, shouldn't we invest in a completely updated comprehensive plan (most cities update every 10 years) ?
Enjoy your early morning, brief pieces on TV on KTTC.
Re: DMC. I am concerned that the citizens of Rochester are not being heard: in a positive way. I contacted the Mayor's office and related to him concern over some of our legislators potentially having a less than positive attitude as it relates to public funding for DMC. I received a generic E-mail response back saying, at that time, I should travel to St. Paul with the delegation for Rochester Day at the legislature, and nothing more. My goal of contacting the mayor was to suggest that someone associated with DMC establish a system that would allow Rochester citizens and supporters of DMC to contact identified legislators so as to demonstrate our support for DMC. It might be in the form of letters or/and e-mails. Someone might even offer points that might best be included in such communications, without it sounding like a boiler - plate document.
I think the risks are too high to not consider such pro actions that, I would expect, only favorably influence the legislators who might be anti-public funding or on the fence as it relates to the same.
I would hope that you, in your position of authority and influence, might suggest to the appropriate individuals associated with DMC, some format that would allow and encourage citizens of Rochester to take a positive step in rising to this very critical challenge. I would appreciate any and all of your efforts in this area.
(I recognize that as a member of the media, you are obligated by your professional ethics to report this story in an objective manner, and, hence, only ask that you relay the above step to the key individuals as you are a person of much greater influence than me).