The following answers made by then Mayor Bill May show a huge lack in leadership which started out as a well needed Public Safety Building costing $6,000,000. As you read you will see where then Mayor Bill May abrogated his leadership in creating, defining, and proposing aesthetics as this was being built.
There is no way in the world a good leader would EVER abrogate his ability to manage and approve any aspects of a $6,000,000 building. Does this lack of ability to manage and lead the construction of this facility be the cause of it growing into a $14,620,000 project? We will never know but Bill May is quoted as saying " The commission just voted that no members of the City Commission would have any contact with the architect." A good leader would point out the ridiculousness of this type of vote. Basically giving the architect a blank canvass and saying build it as you want, regardless of cost. You decide. Is this the kind of leader you want spending our tax dollars for the next four years?
---Q&A with Frankfort Mayor Bill May
State Journal: Published: July 2, 2006 12:00AM
---We've got to talk about the Public Safety Building.
I know that the location was an issue. I was for the downtown location, some wanted to build on the Carpenter Farm but I just believe that downtown and the heart of the city is the most important place for city government buildings to be to be accessible to all the community.
And also the design, as I said before, it was not what I had envisioned.
I had envisioned in my head a design that would fit in with the facades of those buildings on Bridge Street and the historic nature of our community.
But Im not an architect
I wasnt asked for what my opinion was on the outside of the building. ( You have to be "asked", you are the Mayor, don't wait, Lead)
I wish I could have been involved in it because I would have been able to prevent the type of, I believe, controversy over the design that were now faced with.
I was kept out of the project from the beginning in terms of what I wanted to see from the design aspect. (Double WOW!)
---Why were you kept out?
The commission just voted that no members of the City Commission would have any contact with the architect.
I think that was a huge mistake.
I think we're seeing the results of that now when the design came up and again I dont want to criticize the architect because hes a tremendous architect hes done a lot of great buildings around the country. I sort of had the same reaction when I saw the pictures of the foam board model. But to go back and make those changes now would be so costly and so costly in terms of time that I dont think we can afford to do it because the risk our community would face in future types of disasters or emergencies.
Again showing a lack of leadership. You certainly do not see a lack of leadership by County Judge Executive Ted Collins in creating the new Franklin County Courthouse. Judge Collins is swinging a hammer and then Mayor Bill May swung a feather.
Frankfort, we cannot afford to vote for a person because we like them, we cannot afford to vote for someone because they have been a politician for 21 years.
We need a real leader who is not afraid to make a decision like Kyle Thompson
Or you can vote for Bill May and watch him WAIT to see if problems blow over.
Vote Kyle Thompson for Mayor to LEAD Frankfort.