At last night’s Gillette City Council meeting the council voted to pre-qualify general contractors for formal bidding purposes for the Gillette Avenue improvements project. Before the vote was taken, comments from the public were invited, and citizen Dave Allison of Ward 1 stepped to the podium. Allison is well recognized at Council meetings and no citizen has addressed the Council more at meetings in recent years. Allison will sometimes provide sharp criticism for the council, or just ask questions about projects. Last night he decided to give them and City staff some praise for the planning on the Gillette Avenue improvement project.
“The way they are looking at it is really good, especially the early bonuses on getting the project done early, and hopscotching in different areas, so there will be a minimum disturbance to all of our business owners there on Gillette Avenue. I think it’s a project that needs to be really, 'get in, get done and get finished,' as soon as possibly can be done.”--Allison
Allison knows he is someone who is seen as not shy about giving some criticism to city leaders when he feels it necessary; but he notes, it is also important to give credit when he feels credit is due.
“I think it’s important to do. I’m probably pretty fiscally conservative, so I am always on them about the amount of money they spend. But I’m not against spending money on projects like this, that are going to really help everyone in the community.”---Allison
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