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Letter to the Editor: Why a splash park?

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 10th, 2013

Dear Editor,

I was disgusted to read the story on the front page of the July 3 issue committing city funds of $120,000 to match a SLIB grant for a splash park.

At a time when the citizens of this community are paying higher and higher rates for utilities and being told we will continue to see them climb, from what realm of thinking does the city council get its decision-making skills to build a park useable only by small children three months out of the year?

The pool itself is approximately 30 years old and in need of repair. It sets unusable all winter when it could be used, if covered, for events like school physical education for all ages as well as those in need of water therapy and just good exercise in those cold winter months. $120,000 won’t cover it, probably $240,000 wouldn’t but it would make a big dent in the cost.

There are other projects that would be of benefit to many more citizens than a splash pool. For instance, all the community uses the high school auditorium. It is sorely in need of a new light board. $20,000 would bring the stage lighting to a wonderful state and be of use to far more people than a splash park.

But as one city council member stated, “Don’t worry about it. It’s only money.”

Yes, my tax money that is being spent frivolously and unwisely on someone’s pet project. If you agree with me (and even if you don’t), please contact the city council members. Their numbers are listed in this newspaper.

Pat Mitchell


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