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Greater Cincinnati area has a population of 2,133,678 yet it can not fill the seats in the showboat and make a profit or even support the boat.

Madison has a population of 12 thousand. What f-ing idiot thinks if Cincy with 2M plus can't support the boat what makes Linda and the low information hysteria's think we can?


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JB thank you for posting the link to the article. It contains great information and I agree , " it's a good read."

Admin reply: Thanks Larry for sending me the link to share.


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Award for the funniest joke at the candidates forum
goes to Pat Heitz for wearing a "table cloth". Apparently , Host Kevin Watkins doesn't like red and white checks.


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If Hanover College wants to use that boat let the college purchase it!

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When will this audit of Trustee John Heitz take place? His brother is running for that office now, makes one wonder if it's to get in there and cover things up pre audit. I would hope it would be done before the election and be made public if there is an issue. The paper choosing not to print it doesn't surprise me, it's happened many times without the bribe of a sandwich.

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Glad to hear that Mr. Hensley called out Judge Frazier regarding the lazy judge motions which have been filed against her. Its time that the citizens of Jefferson County learned of what's been going on in her court. I'm a lifelong Republican who will be voting for Mr. Hensley. What got me totally ticked off was when she covered up for her son's marijuana escapade. We need judges who do not pull those kinds of stunts. Her child should be held just as accountable as our sons and daughters if they were caught with drugs.

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Does anyone know anything about Jane Jacobs of The paper refusing to print the results of the Public meeting held a couple of weeks ago by the Madison Trustee Advisory board ? I have been told by numerous people including a employee at the paper that not only has she instructed her employees not to place it in the Public Notice section, but also to not allow the board to pay for a classified ad letting the people of Madison know of the boards vote to initiate an independent audit of our Trustee John Heitz !!!
If this is really true than it is a sad day for Madison when our local paper is swayed from enlightening their readers by free sandwich trays that are dropped off to the paper on a regular basis by The Red Pepper aka John Heitz.


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I received the usual emails. "JB why are you so negative and against everything".

Let me say this as plain as I can!!

I am in favor of any new business or venture that is interested in coming to Madison as a matter of fact I look for it and encourage it,

What I am not in favor of or against is these new ventures asking for me to foot the bill, pay their wages and also pay for the move. Mary Jane and I already have enough/too much tax dollars on our plate.

If you want to come to this valley pay your own way or stay away... don't ask me to pay for it.IMHO

The forum is here only to provide information that others want to hide. We/I believe transparency is the only road to success in Madison

Those like Lytle, Forrester, the hystericals et al are to lazy to do their own research or know the truth but try to hide it.

Here is what the owners of the boat have to say--
"We're operating at 81-percent capacity," he said. Every show fills 179 of the Showboat's 221 seats. "And we still have not made any money here for the last eight or nine years." Potential profits are consumed by year-round expenses for a boat that is in use as a floating playhouse only from May through September."

More.--- " it takes an enormous amount of time and expertise, and physical and CASH resources to run this location"

Where would it be docked? How much to build new dock? How much to run electricity, water , and sewer to it? Who pays for that? Who pays the $100,000 per year for maintenance and upkeep? Where would the push boat come from to move it? Who pays for that?

Most interesting read read here

Admin reply: Asked if she was optimistic about finding someone to operate the Showboat, Mobley said, “Half and half.”
“Unfortunately, the costs involved are hard for some people to digest.”
She said the city could cover about $350,000 in needed capital improvements. Annual operating expenses are about $105,000, not including $45,000
for utilities and $45,000 for “nautical” expenses.


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There is a legitimate reason the city of Cincinnati is eager to offer this boat to Madison, to anybody. There are no renters any longer in a city their size that wants it. Being water based effectively closes the venue for several months a year. A floating venue is very expensive to operate and very unpredictable. The company that rented it from Cincinnati went to a land based operation because out of all the customer base Cincinnati and surrounding area offers, they could no longer make it on the water. Bring it to Madison and it will surely sink the investors. Let's hope and pray that is not the taxpayers.

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I have some additional information about the showboat's operations while in Cincinnati. I will forward the link to JB for his approval. Hopefully it can be posted later this evening.

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