Letter From Pitts On the CLDC Is The PitsPosted Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at 10:12 AM
If We Build Pools, They Will Come! By Golly Molly They Will...
First, I would like to say that I am a member of a sub-committee of the CLDC, however, I write this letter today as an individual and a taxpayer only. While I do not agree with all that has gone on with the CLDC, I do believe that this process will provide the best and only opportunity for this community to come up with a sustainable and economically responsible plan that this community can afford. This is a long process. For those who have taken the time to attend the public meetings, the time line was spelled out very clearly. People knew from the start this process would take time. Looking back over the past ten years, the CLDC is far ahead of any "plan" conjured up by the backwards WECRD Board.
The Mountain Home News covered the fact that a community survey was being conducted by the CLDC/YMCA in April of 2010. There were two road signs in town, one near Wells Fargo Bank and one near Railroad Park, which were set up for several weeks and advertised the fact that the survey was being done. There was also a sign posted on the WECRD property on 18th. In addition, a copy of the survey was on the YMCA web site as well as the WECRD web site. There were also several locations (7-8 of them) in town where you could fill out and submit the surveys. In addition, the city put information in the water bills. If you bothered to attend any of the public meetings, it was addressed there as well--SEVERAL times. So, unlike the WECRD, the CLDC and YMCA have done all that they can do to make this process as open as possible in an effort to obtain the best results for the community.
Ms. Pitts calls into question the integrity of the CLDC and the process which is very curious. Ms. Pitts is one of the people who was afforded an advance copy of the GreenPlay Report while Ms. Marsh told other members of the public it was not complete. Ms. Pitts wrote a Letter to the Editor on October 29, 2008 addressing the very existence of the same report Ms. Marsh stated was not complete and refused to provide the same to the public until nearly two weeks later. Why? Because the GreenPlay Report was completed PRIOR to Ms. Marsh's bid for election and the GreenPlay Report was not 100% favorable to Ms. Marsh's dream ("ooops").
This is the same organization that voted to increase taxes from a flat fee, yearly household levy to a yearly assessed value system which doubled their (the WECRD's) yearly tax revenue collected. This is the same group that lied on at least two (2) years of Federal Appropriations Applications. The same group has spent tens of thousands of dollars on "reports" which were far from "random" samples of the population--the people who were interviewed were handpicked! The same group voted to spend $725.00 on photos of themselves (7/23/09). Now, one of the people who was involved with providing less than factual information on Federal Appropriations Applications has been put in charge of the upcoming elections for the two seats up for election on the WECRD Board in November. And Ms. Pitts, you dare to question the integrity of the CLDC and the validity of what they are doing? Really? The WECRD Board handpicked some of the people on that committee. One WECRD Board member sits in on most meetings and injects her opinions. How could this process be more open Ms. Pitts?
The CLDC has had a lot to overcome due to the past dirty deeds of the WECRD Board (past and present). The CLDC has done more in one year than the WECRD Board was able to do in ten years. We are attempting to come up with a viable, sustainable and fiscally responsible plan that this community will be able to sustain into the future. We started from square one because the information obtained by the WECRD ($21,000 for the Shaw Snow Report and $13,000 for the GreenPlay Report) was so "skewed" and outdated. The information in the GreenPlay Report was not even accurate by the time the report came out because the WECRD Board had already changed the "plan." So, while you rely on that information, the information contained in that report was not even accurate since the WECRD Board continuously changed the size of the proposed facility which of course changed the entire operational budget. Ten years of taxing Ms. Pitts and we have NOTHING but higher taxes and a really expensive weed patch. Nothing like taxation without representation Ms. Pitts!
If you do not like what is going on, attend the public meetings. I have yet to see you at a WECRD Board Meeting to observe what is really going on here. Your argument Ms. Pitts is laughable. It is clear that you were fed information by either a member of the WECRD Board or an employee/agent of the WECRD and took that information to be fact. Be careful who you trust. Sometimes the "facts" are not what they seem. This WECRD Board has proven many things and one of those things is that they cannot be trusted and the last ten years prove that point. Some of the antics of their public liaison (less than factual information on Federal Appropriations Applications being submitted by her for at least two years), really bring into question the integrity and "core values" of the entire WECRD Board. Ten years speaks volumes if you are smart enough to see the forest for the trees and the pools as pits for which we can just pour money in and never recover the costs. Now, how smart is that in the best of situations? Darn those of us who dare to ask for better when it comes to our money and how or what it is spent on!
To think that the "dream" will be dead if there are no pools is really a shame. There is more to recreation than pools and "warm water therapy." None of this will be any good for this community if it cannot be sustained. What good will a facility be if we cannot afford to keep the doors open?
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