WTOL Editorial: What's the plan for the market, Mayor?

WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon

The clock is ticking on the Erie Street Market.

The current funding plan ends April 30. City Councilman Michael Collins challenged the mayor to present a real business plan if he expected additional money. The request included a marketing survey to assess just how many customers could be expected to come through the doors.

To no one's surprise, the mayor's office has not produced the business plan. And who knows about the marketing study?

Collins is just asking for a sound financial reason to keep the Erie Street market open. Without that, he says the city budget is too strapped for cash to continue providing life support. Collins says: Provide the proof or pull the plug.

Councilman Collins is doing his job. It's got to be tough since he knows this is one of the mayor's pet projects.

But Collins knows something else. It's not the mayor's money. Collins says it's not city council's money either.

They're your tax dollars. He's right.