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Money for recreation

Marietta has game plan on what to do with grant

March 5, 2013

Shrinking state grant funds are forcing Marietta officials to choose between two projects that would benefit recreational activities in the city’s Lookout and Buckeye parks....

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Mar-05-13 5:21 AM

It's amazing that the city can always find state grant money to buy green space from former politicians and city employees at a profit but can't find state grant money to benefit bigger projects like these that benefit more people. And look at all of the state grant money that is being wasted on the Armory and "People's" Theater! No business plan for the Armory and no parking for the theater. But, lots of our tax payer money going to these projects!!

We need some real people in office to make decisions that benefit the city- not just a few connected people!

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Mar-05-13 6:26 AM

Sarek maybe you should think about running for one of them offices you are talking about.

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Mar-05-13 6:52 AM

Here's a thought: How about the "users" of the facilities paying for them? Motorists use the roads, and pay gas taxes and license fees to pay for them. Why are recreation users exempt?

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Mar-05-13 6:55 AM

I don't know if anyone on council or in the city ever thinks of taking time to go and ask local companies and businesses in the area for help on materials or even a little labor help on projects like these. In other cities around the country big and small business are somtimes willing to put back in to the commuities they serve by supplying such needs for ball feilds and parks etc. We have lots of contacts Lowes, Shelly & Sands etc. for some donations for recreation projects the city can't quiet afford . If they do help it needs to be recognized in some way by the city, the Times or Tv news so everyone knows its good advertisement for there business. Its worth a try maybe they would maybe they won't.

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Mar-05-13 6:58 AM

I hear a lot of people complain about our local politicians but I know many people who would like to run and try to do the job but they have full time jobs themselves just trying to earn enough to pay bills and taxes. It is too bad we have to choose from so many self-serving people such that we don't get good representatives of the citizens. Many of the really hard working, smart people are not able to hold a political office. That's why we keep recycling the same names over and over and have the same never ending problems.

We just have to wait for some younger people to take over or have new people move into Marietta to be able to vote for. Until then, more green space, wasted money on the Armory, increased taxes and cronyism.

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Mar-05-13 8:18 AM

This is a no brainier......the ballfields bring far more revenue into the city (hotels, restaurants, gas stations ect) way into fall season. The softball teams have proven themselves over the last 30+years. Way before the city started running the show at Hadley field. Let's see what these hotshot members of MACTA....can figure out with fundraising. Maybe we can buy a brick or attend another dinner auction! Now let's play ball!

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Mar-05-13 9:05 AM

Hockeypuck says"Here's a thought: How about the "users" of the facilities paying for them? Motorists use the roads, and pay gas taxes and license fees to pay for them. Why are recreation users exempt?"

The softball players are paying for the use of the fields, about $500.00 a team for each league. The Softball Association has had carryover money over the years in their own separate account; however this money has been taken by the city and placed in the “general fund.” The softball leagues are the only association that is able to make money for the city and the city gives nothing back. Buckeye Park is in much need of renovations. The lights are just a small part. The next step would be to get someone who is knowledgeable in caring for a field and not turning the infield into a cornfield. *End of Rant*

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Mar-05-13 1:37 PM

McCabe--Good point. Here's a good example of that being done: Up here in NE Ohio in a neighboring city, we have something called BowWow Beach owned and maintained by the city. But here's the kicker--volunteers help keep the dog park clean and safe which brings people from miles away into the city to spend money, users can donate money for the park, and local businesses contribute money, materials, etc. They get huge banners advertising their businesses hanging on the chain link fence of the park. It's a win-win for everybody!

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Mar-06-13 9:36 AM

McCabe - Why would a local business continue to provide discounts or labor to the city for projects like these when in the future the city always awards "PAYING" work to out of the area firms?

I think all of the businesses and unions in the area are in the "Burn me once - that's your fault. Burn me twice - that's my fault." mindset.

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