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
• 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
Vote "NO" on the aquatic center (but we do need a
/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
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
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
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