By Charles Sercombe
Last July, Wayne County Commissioner Moe Blackwell came to town offering a $75,000 county grant to fix up a city park.
The timing of the offer was suspect to some, since it was just a month before the Primary Election – an election that he ended up losing.
The city filed its proposal with the county to build a basketball court in Veterans Memorial Park.
The only problem, though, is that there is no such grant, said Beverley Watts, the director of the county’s parks department. Watts said that this year’s park improvement budget was set a year ago. At best, she said, the city may qualify for a grant next year, but she stressed there are no guarantees.
Blackwell did not return calls for comment.
This isn’t the first time Blackwell has come bearing gifts but failed to deliver. Hamtramck Recreation Commission member Leonard Sobota said that three years ago Blackwell presented a similar offer.
“He never came through with it,” Sobota said.
City Manager Bill Cooper could not be reached for comment on this latest development.