plan to do about that great, big pile of dirt that was going to be
batting cages, a soccer arena and roller hockey rinks?
Please don't tell me the plan is just to fork out another $1
million -- or $19 million the way this project seems to escalate.
Twice, voters said they did not want the sports complex, or at
least did not want to pay for it. So the City Council at the time
found a way around that and approved a $1.5 million youth sports
A vast underestimation of the cleanup the site would need, and
other added costs brought the project up to $19 million. And
somewhere along the line it also became an adult sports complex.
Just because voter approval was not needed to pass this boondoggle
doesn't mean its not the voter's money. It is still taxpayer money
the city is squandering and spending as it pleases.
So now that the project did not get built successfully and quietly
as to be unveiled as a fait accompli to voters, what does the city
and council plan to do? What is the plan for that pile of dirt and
who will pay for it?
Comprehensive plans and alternatives need to be drawn up before
anything else is done. There will be plenty of time to figure out
what to do with the area while the city is embroiled in a lawsuit
with the contractor.
This time the city should ask voters what they want there. Before
more city (taxpayer) money is spent on the area let's ask them: Do
you want batting cages? Or a soccer arena? Or roller hockey rink?
* DANETTE GOULET is the city editor. She can be reached at (714)
965-7170 or by e-mail at email@example.com.