At the first of Mayor Schember's weekly planned news conferences, he says after studying the viaduct situation over the last several months and talking with all parties involved, keeping the bridge is not an option.
Schember says pedestrian safety is a top priority and so is saving taxpayer dollars. "It's in such bad shape that to fix it would cost, there are different estimates, but three to six million. Now, we can redirect one million dollars of the demolition money, but where is the other millions going to come from?"
Schember estimates to save the bridge, they would have to increase property taxes for one year by $2.5 million. That's $250 for every $100,000 the property is worth.
Also at today's conference, Schember announced another addition to his administration. Schember has hired Aaron Loncki to serve as the Media and Events Coordinator for the Mayor's Office. The 26 year old is a graduate of Mercyhurst University with a background in marketing and media.
Schember says the addition of Loncki adds to the diverse staff in the office.
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