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September 25, 2013

Sept. 25, 2013: Letters to the editor

City workers need raises, not stadiums

Mayor Goodnight recently discussed a plan to refurbish one stadium and build a new one. The new bypass was mentioned as a possible location. I thought the new bypass was supposed to be kept undeveloped.

If you put a stadium there, then what’s next? A restaurant or two, so the people who come to the stadium have a place to eat when they are hungry after the game?

We’ll also need a gas station with a convenience store so people low on gas can fill up. Why not make it two stations (competition is good). Then we can have a couple of retail stores so the people can shop between games. And don’t forget about motels.

Soon the new bypass will be teeming with businesses, and not many people will see the need to stop in Kokomo to shop or eat a meal.

It makes more sense to me to spend extra money to refurbish CFD stadium and save the expense of building this new stadium with limited usage. In Highland Park, you could move the playground area and horseshoe pits to the Old Ben location, and relocate the concession stand area to make room to expand the CFD stadium.

Or you could build it over the existing, primitive stadium at the south high school campus. Then there’s Huston Park to the north.

If it’s going to be used primarily for high school baseball and tournament games, then spend more money on an upgrade to existing properties to modernize them. There will be more upkeep charges with two stadiums to care for.

If this truly is for the kids of this community, build it in close proximity to those who will use the facility (high-school age kids).

The mayor touted our “robust cash balance of $44.8 million.” It seems the mayor is trying to spend this money before he leaves office in a few months.

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