I have given City Council and the Library Board my solution several times, but it bears repeating now because of the exorbitant bids and rising costs: leave the existing Senior Center alone. It serves us oldsters quite adequately, has decades of useful life remaining, and is very well located and unobtrusive. What a waste and shame to destroy it.
Contact the library board (as I have done and been totally ignored) and discuss a major scaling-down of the elaborate and grossly oversized project. The structure as planned is visually overwhelming at the entrance to our downtown. Donate the money budgeted to the pointless and wasteful tearing down and relocation of the Senior Center to the library. That project is very likely to be in deep trouble financially because of dithering, delay and spiraling construction costs.
Nix to the proposal to use the Rita Valentine open space land donation on Anglers Drive for a recreation center. Nix to a recreation center, period. I would support the city assisting the Health & Recreation Association. However, I for one am fed up with all the taxes we are saddled with lately - Soda Creek Elementary School, the library, open space purchases, Horizons, paying off loans for the justice center, etc. They're all penalties for unrestrained growth. It is ridiculous to now add another recreation center -and perhaps also affordable housing? I would hope that a taxpayer rebellion is in the offing.
Omar M. Campbell