Note: No, the bathroom pictured above is not the Belleville Firehouse. If it were, we wouldn’t bother to question the cost of this project (just the sanity of the elected officials who approved it). This particular bathroom in Hong Kong is made entirely of pure gold – including the roll of toilet paper – and is valued at something like $4 million USD. It’s just here as a bit of comedy for an otherwise sickening topic.
Vincent Frantantoni has done such a good job of questioning the Belleville Council on what appears to be a ludicrous change order for a bathroom renovation, there’s really not much else to add at the moment. You can simply watch the video and get completely up to speed on the issue at hand.
Here is the first confrontation from the August 8th meeting when the resolution for the newest change order (4 in total) was about to be approved by the Council, until Mr. Frantantoni questioned them on it.
Here is a copy of the resolution:
Belleville Firehouse change order resolution
Yet another outrageous maneuver financially benefiting the cousin of a sitting councilmember that they tried to slip right past taxpayers, until they were called out on it by public advocates.
Here is the second round of questioning from September 26th:
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