Vote ‘no’ on aquatic center

JAIL...oops! Aquatic Center.

Clearing up misinformation in reference to the proposed aquatic center in Grandview.

• Aquatic centers do not make money and/or pay for themselves.

• None of the three pools in the proposal are enclosed.

• It's not a year-round facility. It would only operate 65 days out of the year - weather permitting.

• The numbers do not add up because they are "guessing" on the figures.

• This bond is like a blank check. It is called a new money bond. Not a "construction" bond as professed. The bond could be used to build a transfer station at a landfill.

Hey, you three guys, is Jake available to manage this project, too?

Vote "NO" on the aquatic center (but we do need a new pool).

/s/ Dottie Cervantes, Grandview

Bond issue small price to pay for rewards reaped

I am writing this letter in support of the proposed family aquatic center in Grandview.

I have had an opportunity to be a part of Grandview's city government for several years. During that time I have seen the completion of a new fire station, improvements to Country Park, a state of the art wastewater treatment facility, the addition of the YVCC Grandview campus and expansions, numerous street and sidewalk improvement projects and the addition of several new businesses, including the Wal-Mart distribution center.

I can tell you that none of these projects were easy accomplishments. They all took a great amount of effort from city staff, various federal, state and local agencies and support staff, as well as professional consultants and most importantly community support. As mayor, I represent Grandview at various meetings around the valley and state. I am always proud to speak of all we have accomplished in our community. Not many cities can come close to what we have done. It comes down to a strong history of very conscientious staff, stable city government and incredible community support.

The projects I have mentioned have all had supporters, but also all have had those that were against them. I'm sure that's why they were successful, because varying viewpoints lead to strong scrutiny of the proposed projects.

The family aquatic center is no different. The Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area Board was given the task to find the best option to our ongoing needs for swimming facilities that exist in Grandview. They knew that the existing facility had been losing money for years. Shrinking city budgets make it harder to fund the facility each year. Many cities in the Valley have pools that lose money. An example is Yakima's recent closing of public pools because they can no longer subsidize the pools.

The family aquatic center was chosen because that type facility is proven to either make money or at least break even.

I have been disappointed at some of the letters I have read that suggested that there was a lack of planning before proposing this bond. That just is not true. This has been an ongoing process for years with much input from known experts with proven experience in these facilities. We have had citizen committees and held several public meetings asking for community involvement every step of the way.

This family aquatic center will help to improve the quality of life for many people that would not otherwise have this kind of opportunity so close.

I cannot stress enough my appreciation for those who have worked so diligently to help improve Grandview. Please remember we are all one community with a common goal of making Grandview a great place to live. The May 17 bond issue will be a small price to pay for rewards we will reap as a wonderful place to raise our children.

/s/ Norm Childress, Grandview


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