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Should the city pay for new lights at the new LHS tennis courts?

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“Yes, considering the financial status of the state.”

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“Yes. … I think they should remain open at night, as they have been in the past.”

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“Yes. … Our school districts are important and that’s something they should take care of.”

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“Yes, because certain people, I think, can only play at night if they work all day, and it gives kids something to do at night.”

Comments

bearded_gnome 6 years ago

hey, look, I'm first! whoa!

lights? we don't need no stinkin' lights!

seriously, lights is a good idea, we could have a midnight tennis program to help get thugs and thugettes off the street much like Clinton's "midnight basketball!"


the really pressing question: "behavior control technician? sounds scarey, does he fly the black helicopter?

and, does "behavior control technician" rank above or below "barista?"

Practicality 6 years ago

Sure, lets have the city pay for the lights.

Then, lets have the city pay for lights at the golf course too. I would like to be able to play at night without it costing me anything extra.

Seriously, I don't even understand why this is becoming an issue. If you want to use public facilities, there are going to be some limitations as to the accomadations. Whether lights are at a tennis court or not is far from a travesty. Deal with it.

classclown 6 years ago

Nah. Just use flaming tennis balls.

been_there 6 years ago

The lights at Veterns Park by the high school are on till midnight 365 days a year. Who plays tennis and basketball at night in the middle of winter? During better weather you get to listen to yelling and cussing all evening when you want to go sleep. The lights should go off at 10 PM during good weather and 7 during the winter months. It is a huge waste of money having them on so much. 95% of the players are college students, let KU provide them with a lighted place to play. I thought I remembered that parks are closed by a certain time, I could be wrong. Does anyone know?

jumpin_catfish 6 years ago

Sure and they should pay for my water and lights and cable tv and oh hell my food and drink and gas and movies. Think that's enough to get my point across.

beatrice 6 years ago

jumpin_c, you could have added the city's payment for your streets, your library, your public swimming pool, your k through 12 schools, and your fire and police departments, too. That might have helped you get your point across a little better. The things you mention are for just your personal use, but these other things are for use by the community, just like public tennis courts.

bearded_gnome 6 years ago

Yes, anything to chap the Home Owners Association after they sued about football field.

---there you go again, Prospector; don't you know you're a pig! Nay, a salamander!


hey, what if all the grass that merrill/lawnmowerman cuts were bagged up, brought to the side of the tennis courts, and dumped out and set ablaze? it would give a good carbon footprint as well as heat and light!

there could be a concessions stand run by the local that's getting squeezed out, selling marshmellows, hot dogs, and footpads.

in fact, this could pay for the [fire] light, and actually bring money into the city!

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

This is one way to misconstrue the actual cost of this PLAY project.

When are taxpayers going to discover the extravagant 1,505 acre park project that is nowhere near any primary neighborhoods that is eating away at the 1% sales tax cookie jar.

Where is the money for the lights? Were taxpayers ever advised city hall money would be necessary? Is USD 497 money being mismanaged?

bearded_gnome 6 years ago

ocean, it wasn't me making that ref.

Ocean=sven/ariadne/rusty2/cool/spiderman/coltrane?


and, merrill's ugly visage pops up. Hi Merrill/lawnmowerman! how ya' doin! oh, no cut-and-paste in this posting? wow! Okay, see ya' later lawnmowerman!

Stephen Roberts 6 years ago

The city - not USD497 - are paying for the new tennis courts but the city isn't going to have lights at the courts. The current tennis courts have lights. My son and I played a little tennis from 9 to 10 pm last night.

Because Randy Weseman and his yes man. Tom " Head janitor" Braccino wanted a footbal stadium. They had to get the city to move where the current tennis are now to a new location for a new parking lot.

Should the city have to pay for lights? No- Randy Weseman and teh yes man should have to pay for the lights. Both of them are way overpaid and are complete idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe if Randy would spend time doing his work instead of trying to spend all of his time with his former secretary Dr. Karen, he night have earned some of his pay.

As for the yes man, how many people can go to a board meeting a say, even though you gave me so much money for facilties, I need more because there wasn't enough to fix everything and there are more things that need fixing. In the REAL world (not academia) most people would get fired.

Stephen Roberts 6 years ago

The city - not USD497 - are paying for the new tennis courts but the city isn't going to have lights at the courts. The current tennis courts have lights. My son and I played a little tennis from 9 to 10 pm last night.

Because Randy Weseman and his yes man. Tom " Head janitor" Braccino wanted a footbal stadium. They had to get the city to move where the current tennis are now to a new location for a new parking lot.

Should the city have to pay for lights? No- Randy Weseman and the yes man should have to pay for the lights. Both of them are way overpaid and are complete idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As for the yes man, how many people can go to a board meeting a say, even though you gave me so much money for facilties, I need more because there wasn't enough to fix everything and there are more things that need fixing. In the REAL world (not academia) most people would get fired.

overthemoon 6 years ago

Lawrence has one of the most active and long-running World Team Tennis leagues in the country. this League provides great play and exercise to two leagues that play weekly with up to 48 people on any league night. The leagues run at least three seasons, sometimes with short leagues late in the fall or early spring. Many other evenings, the courts are utilized by individual players, privately taught lessons, organized non-league play or parks and rec lessons. Fact is, if it weren't for the lights, I never would have gotten back into the game, having a day job in KC.

Let me make it clear that the folks out there aren't the stereotypical 'tennis-y country clubbers." I have played with college students and professors, school teachers and janitors, lawyers, doctors, housewives, retired folks and grade schoolers. Many friendships have been formed.

The other point is, they light the football fields and poor tons of money into varsity sports that most of the kids won't play again ever in their lives. Tennis is a lifelong sport that requires minimal equipment and little organization to get out and play. Why on earth do we devalue a sport that anyone can gain reasonable competence at in a short time, play for many years with people of any age from all walks of life? And have a pretty da**ed good time to boot?

LION10S 6 years ago

LJ World asked the question wrong. It is the LAWRENCE Tennis Center, not LHS courts. LHS uses the courts during the school day and for practice after school. Evenings and weekends have always belonged to the tennis-playing public. Courts are in use almost every evening- through at least three seasons and part of the fourth-- for World Team Tennis, and a wide variety of tennis hackers.

So, "Should the CITY pay for lights at the new Lawrence (CITY) Tennis Center courts?"

Of course they should. Just move the lights from the "old" courts.

Monty Amick 6 years ago

As fun as "glow in the dark balls" sounds I really do agree with Eric on this one. Keep them on... (although your job title is kind of creepy sounding there old friend!)

4getabouit 6 years ago

Check the financials. The school district is paying 100% of the cost for the new courts. The HS tennis coaches have stated that they do not need lights for their teams. Commuter is a complete idiot. He can neither spell nor write. How stupid can a person be....apparently, very stupid.

notigers4me 6 years ago

Where do they find these people? I can't believe they would even bring this up. Does it seem odd to anyone that 3 out of the 4 people interviewed weren't even from Lawrence? Why would we even care what their opinion was in the first place? How about we ask them if their city should pay for lights at their school's tennis courts? Can anyone say "HELLO"

lawrenceishome 6 years ago

bearded_gnome,

You are an incredibly talented writer with a strong witty streak. You shouldn't be writing on the LJWorld comment board, you ought to have your own commentary section in a paper/online paper. Actually I think you think you're funnier than you really are. And yes I know funnier isn't a word.

grimpeur 6 years ago

ocean,

Interesting about the parking shortage. That tells me that the city codes need to be changed to require far fewer parking spaces. If the students, staff, and faculty of LHS (and KU and FSHS) who live within 1.5 miles of the school would stop driving their freaking cars when they should be walking, or at least pick up a couple people on the way, then there would be plenty of parking. Why would we encourage the school district to continue supporting this wasteful habit?

Do not increase parking at LHS. Decrease driving with pay-to-park for students, faculty and staff (just like KU!), residential permits (not a resident? no parking on this street), prime parking on campus for 3-occupant cars, and incentives and improved facilities for walkers and bikers.

Let the wailing begin.

bearded_gnome 6 years ago

yes, bong hits and all. I do have it on good authority that sven partakes of the wacky weed.

instead of lights, a big bonfire by the courts would really impact his backyard!

ravens, you suppose he has tried to get university place neighborhood association to follow his lead?

again, it is important to repeat from previous threads: Sven signed the agreement with the school district, but not in good faith.

Stephen Roberts 6 years ago

4getabouit are Randy Wesemen, Tom B or Dr, Karen?

bearded_gnome 6 years ago

oceanspray, that's part of what makes sven's campaign so insane! then coupled with his crazy online behavior so offensive as : cool/coltrane/spiderman/ariadne/rusty2 and I'm spacing on a couple other names! all tossed for violations of TOS!

are the kids at lhs aware of this adult's bizarre behavior? what effect does it have on them? then, his actions cost the school district a lot of money.

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