This is in regard to the Sept. 7 article about the merry-go-round and jungle gym at Broken Arrow Park. Who determines when equipment is no longer safe for the public? Douglas County taxpayers paid for this equipment and should have the opportunity to bid. Why wasn't this equipment put up for bids instead of being taken to the junk yard?
Mark Hecker, facilities maintenance supervisor for the city of Lawrence, conducted an audit of the county's playground at Broken Arrow. According to the audit, none of the county's equipment met 1997 consumer-safety performance guidelines, as established by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Bill Bell, county director of building and grounds, said the equipment was not put up for bid because it was not safe.