July 23, 2009 10:33:00 AM
Last night''s front page featured our supervisors giving their various positions on the Burns Bottom location for the development of soccer fields. The strongest in favor of the site came from Mr. Sanders whose opinion was that he could think of "no better use for the land."
He has taken his eye off the ball. The problem is not to find a use for the land but to build a true sportsplex. His is hardly a ringing endorsement considering the needs of our youth when future expansion there is impossible.
The others, with the exception of Mr. Brooks had nothing to add other than they seem to feel that they need to build something, somewhere, soon, and they''ll vote in favor if the others will. Instead of voting for a logical site, or considering the community''s future need, they''ve apparently decided to go along to get along.
Mr. Ferguson said that his constituents were against Burns Bottom, I suggest he vote accordingly. Mr. Holliman stated that he would vote to support it if nothing better came along. Well maybe Mr. Brooks can show him a cheaper and more suitable alternative. Mr. Smith was lukewarm to the whole affair.
I''ve seldom read such pathetic positions on a taxpayer funded project. The lack of any long- range planning and the fact that soccer fields alone don''t advance the idea of a community sportsplex is enough reason to reject the site. At best, soccer fields at Burns Bottom is a wasteful, stop-gap measure designed to say only that action was taken.
This only kicks the ball further downfield. The needs and costs of a real sportsplex in the future escalate while land becomes more scarce. Our supervisors are hardly scoring points with their positions and appear to be losing sight of the goal while we pay to watch this expensive game. A timeout is in order to plan a winning strategy for our kids and our pocketbooks before sheer inertia makes the final decision.
gogetum commented at 7/23/2009 11:24:00 PM:
We must admire Mr. Sanders for actually making a stand for what he believes is best and I think he is correct in choosing that area for development. It can be nothing but a positive move from what it is now. If this isn't done now, that area of our city will probably never be updated. At least not in our life time, right? It surely would be easy to access and wouldn't create a traffic for the whold town. I live in district 2 and voted for Mr. Ferguson and I plan to let him know that I want him to vote for the Burns Bottom location. I urge Mr. Brooks and the others to jump on board and let's get the train moving.
ET commented at 7/27/2009 5:40:00 PM:
Mr. Bagnall is right on the mark. Why does the city/county leadership act like there's a big wad of money burning a hole in their pocket? There is no pressing reason to build a soccer complex, especially not in Burns Bottom, and not during this ongoing economic recession. Save the money for some worthwhile project. Very few people in this area play soccer anyway, and so the millions spent would only be benefiting a select group of people. If we just HAVE to spend the money on sports, the best thing this city/county could do would be to renovate Probst Park and make it into a multi-use facility. That would also help revitalize East Columbus.