He’ll be first in line to apply for home
I recently read that the Planning & Zoning board has denied the application by local developers for a small, long overdue and much needed, 55-and-older community. Apparently, the reason for the denial was the lack of “recreational facilities.” As a member of the 55-and-older group I do not feel the need for any such facilities, especially in such a small community (16 houses). In fact I would not want to be paying the fees for it. So, unless there is a specific requirement in the zoning regulations for such facilities, I urge the board to reconsider its denial. I, for one, might be the first applicant for one of the houses.
A recreational facility is the way to go
I was at Our Lady of Victory Church for mass one Sunday and as usual my mind started to wonder. I was thinking about what could be done with the church that is now being sold.
My experience as a recreation person made me think what a great place for a recreation center. There is enough room for two courts, exercise equipment, room for a senior center along with the child development program we now have and much more. Maybe in the future a community pool and a splash pad, there is a lot of potential there. A friend of mine even suggested maybe the state would put a vocational school in the empty building.
People have to understand that recreation is more than kids’ sports programs. Baby Boomers that are now coming of retire- ment age need more than (no offense) line dancing on the beach. Municipalities that have recreation centers offer day time pro- grams like basketball and volleyball and other things enjoyed by older folks.
I know people will be saying, “What’s he been smoking the city is broke,” and I know that. But if it’s sold to developers and they put in 10 or 20 houses what’s that going to cost us with services and kids going to school?
Educating one child nowadays far exceeds what you generate in property taxes.
Purchasing this property may save us money in the long run, along with the benefit of having a recreation center. Maybe the MARB would even agree?
This is something most cities our size have. Who knows maybe we could even bring back sled riding? Maybe