The lack of coherence on the Fairgrounds Arena snack bar is small ball in the scheme of things but major league in it's potential to destroy the roll out of what is for the City a major initiative.
The costly and controversial facelift is supposed to create a front door to Watertown that provides recreation and culture in an environment that's enjoyable, safe and doesn't smell like a gym bag.
The public bickering and indecision between staff and Council has quickly become epic. Unreported aspects of Tuesday's meeting and various quotes, combined with a lack of , dare I day, "vision" on the issue has oozed into the public consciousness and at the water cooler, there is ridicule.
I didn't agree with every aspect of the design and was unable to prevail on every issue, but I supported the project at my peril as I thought the residents and users would benefit long term.
Maybe that was wrong and the old Arena was fine, but the new Arena is here and the bickering over chow needs to end. Staff needs to relent in its stubborn insistence on someone else doing their job.
Hate to have to say it here, but the comments are beyond the on-line chattering class.
This needs to be settled and the City needs to be able to celebrate it's new facility and make sure it meets the promise and expectations advanced over the past five years.