County Commissioners Once Again Fail to Act on the Astrodome

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Photo by Craig Hlavaty
The Dome interior last year
Last August I wrote the following about the County Commissioners, their continued inability to figure out what to do about the Astrodome, and whether a plan for the future of the building should be put on the ballot:
And then when a decision needs to be made on whether to put a plan on the ballot, the commissioners will once again decide that there's no plan they like and that we're too stupid to understand what's out there and the decision will be put off another year, and then the next year the same thing will happen, and again, and again, and again.

I point this out because, on Tuesday, the County Commissioners did what they always do. They once again put off the decision.

"November is long gone, however, and there will be no vote in May either, with the deadline to present a ballot item passing today with no action from Commissioners Court," said a Houston Chronicle story (stuck behind that damn paywall). "County officials have said voters would need a say because the price tag on any renovation plan would require selling bonds."

And when it becomes time for the Commissioners to once again make a decision on what to do with the Astrodome, they're just going to punt. It's all they know how to do. They just keep punting the damn decision down to the next year. And the year after that. And so on. And so on. And so on.

Don't believe me? Well, here's one of the Commissioners opining on the topic to the Chronicle.

"We have waited for ideas for years and years on the Dome. It wouldn't surprise me if we wait years and years more before something happens," Commissioner Steve Radack said.

The excuses offered up by the likes of Radack are the same as the excuses they always offer up. The voters are too stupid to understand the issue. There's also the excuse about none of the plans being offered being any good. And there's the standard crap about taxes and the bit about the county still owing money for the Bud Adams demanded upgrades made in the late-1980s.

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miss_msry topcommenter

When I used to cover the Astros, there were many feral cats living in the bowels of the Astrodome. Did they trap and remove them or did they just lock the place up and let them starve to death?

MadMac topcommenter

It's gonna take a death. A maintenance worker, utility worker, or some drunken vandal will die AND THEN, after the lawsuit, they'll do something spectacularly stupid but not until then.

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