If you read today’s story about the OG&E substation, I’m still a bit confused about a comment made by MAPS 3 Program Manager Eric Wenger. After the city council argued they never approved reserving $30 million for the substation move, Wenger said he is keeping the $30 million item in the master plan because the council DIDN’T VOTE to take out the $30 million.
He is correct. But the city council DIDN”T VOTE to direct city staff to redirect the $30 million to the substation either. Remember, voters were told BY THE CITY that $280 million would go for the convention center, and never suggested $30 million of that would be diverted to the substation.
I’ve never seen city staff make a budgetary policy decision involving this much money, without any policy vote by the city council, in the 15 years I’ve covered downtown development and City Hall.