Archive for Friday, January 25, 2013

Letter: Rec center idea

January 25, 2013


To the editor:

Regarding the proposed 180,000-square-foot recreational complex, I suggest spreading out the basketball courts among various local neighborhoods with easy access to parks such as: “Dad” Perry, Holcom, Prairie, Centennial, Broken Arrow, Edgewood, Brook Creek, Burcham and the city-owned 37 acres near Free State High School where the original 100,000-square-foot recreation center was planned.

Money might be used from FEMA to help pay 75 percent of the cost of building recreational or community centers. Edna, Texas is using FEMA funds to pay for a structure that will serve as a high school gymnasium, community center and storm shelter. According to a Dec. 30, 2012, story in the New York Times, the plans call for the Edna building to be 20,000 square feet and cost $2.5 million, less $1.875 million paid by FEMA because it will withstand winds of up to 200 mph. Nationwide FEMA has awarded more than $683 million to 18 states to help build shelters and multi-purpose buildings.

Has the City Commission contacted FEMA for any help with costs if the structure is built to withstand storms?

I don’t want the developers’ dreams and profits from a regional sports tournament complex to be paid for by taxpayers. Why not put the decision up for a public vote and have competitive bidding on the project?


Richard Heckler 5 years, 2 months ago

Excellent suggestions and yes I also support putting this entire matter up for a vote.

I also encourage putting all tax incentives regarding Rock Chalk to a vote.

The largest group of stakeholders in both ventures is we the taxpayers. Why does city hall and the city commission ignore the largest group of stakeholders? Because they fear the tax incentives and the project across the board will be voted down.

Why? Because it has been an ill conceived venture from day one and is not a good bang for our tax dollars. And face it sometimes voters simply do not trust politicians no matter who they are.

flyin_squirrel 5 years, 2 months ago

Like everyone else, they ignore you Merrill.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

The only "outside the box thinking" allowed in this comes from Fritzel's tax attorneys and accountants in determining how to leverage tax breaks and public financing to fund his latest vanity project.

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