Thursday, August 11, 2016

Council in the Deep End and Struggling to Tread Water

          City lawmakers are frustrated at the projected replacement cost of the Thompson Park Pool.  It's a feeling lawmakers often have.
          The cost of construction...the laws that make public projects more expensive....and the cat and mouse games when staff doesn't want to do something and makes it less attractive or at least shows a lack of enthusiasm for making it work.
          For some time that happened with Western Boulevard and Palmer Street. I learned some things from dealing with those situations and I am sure my successor did as well.
          However, whatever the number, things to an extent cost what they cost and hoping it will cost less won't likely make it cost less.
          If something is to happen by next year, a decision is needed and the environment will not be good for that. We already see blowback in social media and talk radio and it will get more and more difficult to publicly vote for a third pool, regardless of its merits.
         That's why there was the alternative a couple, three years back of a rest room/bathhouse with a lower cost and unstaffed splash park.


  http://www.wwnytv.com/news/local/Feedback-Can-Thompson-Park-Pool-Price-Tag-Be-Cut-Down-389776211.html

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

should have been handled 10 years ago...

Anonymous said...

Boy, at a $2 million dollar price tag, the arena doesn't seem so expensive any more.

Anonymous said...

6:45 apparently didn't read the link where it says 15 years ago the price tag was still almost two million.

Anonymous said...

Get the footdraggers during the evaluation process and make it a DAMN uncomfortable environment for slackers . Invest the time, build the critical incident files then fire them .The Taylor law works BOTH ways

Anonymous said...

No longer being mayor allows you to bring forth certain "insights" now doesn't it Jeff?

Anonymous said...

no difference 8:35. this was an issue for more then decade yet ignored. Apparently you didn't understand my simple point...

Anonymous said...

Do you think the city will close down the park for two years when they rebuild the pool, like they are doing for Factory and Mill Street.

Anonymous said...

2:30, apparently your simple point is more aptly described as a stupid point. If they were looking at rebuilding it for $2 million fifteen years ago, but got 12 more years of use out of it instead, then that was a win win win for the tax payers. Plus, going forward, $2 million is a lot cheaper today than it was in 2001.

Please explain your simple point more clearly. How would it make sense to rebuild the pool ten years ago instead of two years ago, when it was finally shut down? How would it make sense to spend the money back then, when given the time value of money would be like spending $4++ million today? How would it make sense to rebuild it ten years ago, given that today the pool would now be ten years old and in need of maintenance again? Do you live on a golf course per se?

Anonymous said...


Am I he only one that feels outraged at the price tag? $2,000,000 for something that only sees use 8-10 weeks a year give me a break. Take a look at the pool, this is what you get for your money. A lack of maintenance and ongoing financial commitments have brought us to this point. This pool could have been in use continuously if the city had kept up on its maintenance and upgrades. Yet another example of incompetence. Like it or not, we own this pool and should hold those responsible for its decay and current condition. To now expect us to pony up 2,000,000.00 all at once is ridiculous. What happens next? Spend the 2M and slowly drive the new pool into the ground too? We need more competent leadership!!!!!!!!!!!