Tuesday, August 9, 2016

WDT: Pool Will Cost Money.....Like Everything

       The notion of building a pool with donations or outside money is not new. Often lawmakers want to do something and find someone else to pay for it.
       These are not Victorian times and people are used to government doing everything. There are no more Carnegie libraries being built, or Flower ones for that matter.
       People are reluctant to donate to goverment. "Hey I pay taxes", is an understandable retort.
       Last night only the Mayor expressed doubt over funding the new Thompson Park pool four Members of Council want.
       While a private endowment is being formed for the Park in general, committing all they raise to a pool may not be a consensus position.
        It's a tough decision to spend money that will be translated into a higher levy than if you didn't build a pool.
        However, when presented the chance to vote on decomissioning and razing the old pool, Council chose to keep it in hopes of resurrection. That's the decision, so let's move ahead and get something in place for next year.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/council-members-agree-to-pursue-new-thompson-park-pool-20160809

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wealthy citizens will not donate to a pool that only frequented by low income denizens. Why give money for low income kids to swim 8 weeks out of the year when they have their own pool in the back yard? Personal pools versus public pools is the one of the divides between the haves and have nots. Haves will donate when their personally or social payoff is large enough. Unfortunately a public pool for low income kids to cool off in is not enough.

The lack of financial/social acumen on city council is staggering.

Anonymous said...


If the city is hurting for money, as they claim, then how can they possibly be thinking of spending 2 million dollars on something that will only see use 8-10 weeks a year? In my opinion, it is a matter of priorities. We are cutting back on public safety but putting millions into parks and rec. First the arena now the pool. Looks like P&R gets everything to the detriment of other departments. I guess if you kiss the right asses you get what you want. Time for the good people of Watertown to wake up and determine what is more important, vital services or recreation.

Anonymous said...

Well we did get 50K from Ritchie for a playground. Maybe those years of cutting $pending we should have raised it and put money away each year for the pool..Maybe instead of giving PILOTS to folks to create apts complexes that just add to the problem......well you know the rest.

Anonymous said...

If you take the time to walk around the streets on the East Side of the City of Watertown and chat with the residents, you will find almost universal support for a new public water pool at Thompson Park. Remember: we have a unique gorgeous 300-acre historic landmark park here in Watertown, unlike most cities of our size. It was designed by a noted national figure. The park and its pool and pavilions are worth maintaining and preserving, and, yes, erecting a new pool and bathhouse will cost money. Let's be positive and proactive and do something for the betterment of our community. Let's see what the Friends of the Thompson Park have to offer and contribute to the project. Let's make Thompson Park and Watertown shine again!

Anonymous said...

Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back there about the broken tree.Yah,I am sure it was this blog that caused them to fix it.You know how the city works,and that they wouldn't call in public works on overtime on the weekend and would get to it on Monday.You take the cake sometimes.

Anonymous said...

7:36, low-income kids DON'T have a pool in their backyard. Maybe YOU'RE the one who needs to brush up on your "financial/social acumen."

Anonymous said...

A couple of us have mentioned a spray park at Thompson Park. You do not need a pool or lifeguards.

Anonymous said...

Cut Dannie's tax breaks and you will have more money than God. God really isn't as good with his finances as most people believe. And Democrats hate God anyway. T:

Anonymous said...

But the East Side will not be the only part of the city paying for it. You can vote yes all day long. Some of us have paid enough for now. We vote no.

Anonymous said...

Watertown be like the ratty mobile home with junk in the yard, an old television made into a dog house, a car on blocks and a nice new above ground pool in the back.

We livin large now!

Yee Haw!!!

We have enough pools already, start a shuttle bus to Wescotts beach on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and give free passes to the less fortunate.

Anonymous said...

9:44m unless you have some crack in your pocket, walking on the east side of Watertown and chatting with residents is a good way to get shot. What planet are you from?

Anonymous said...

god doesn't care about losers like you 2:26. He hates liars...

Anonymous said...

We know if it is like the Arena the 2 mil estimate will double and then the City will screw up the project like the Arena short comings...summer ice, concession, smaller scoreboard, cheaper heavier dasher boards, missing beams, missing bleacher rails, site line flaws....etc., etc., etc....if it is done hire a professional for advice and to oversee the project.

Anonymous said...

We do not need a third pool in Watertown for 9 weeks of use, Use one of the other two pools in the city. Don't you people know how to save tax payers money , Fix a few sidewalks & plant some trees to beautify the down town area and leave the rest of the money in the general fund alone.Nothing is for free today and STOP burdening the taxpayers with more unneeded wasteful spending.

Anonymous said...

10:50, what would a party line Democrat know about God? Here, have a baby part. They're good with butter, per se.