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Posted: 10 August 2013 10:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 91 ]
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To be clear on one point, the memorial foyer and plaque are historic.  The rest of the structure is not.  And that foyer is what the focus of the board should be.

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Posted: 10 August 2013 01:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 92 ]
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Wynn,
I am going to agree with you…with some reservations.  The structure, itself, is not, in particular, impressive…pretty boring actually.
Now, here is a question for you. How much would it cost to tear it down and build some nice new offices on the site? Because you believe the building is worthless, why not just tear it down, stick the plaque on the sidewalk outside, and put up a new building? Wouldn’t that be more cost efficient? Have you considered that option? Why “renovate” a worthless old building when you could probably build a new one cheaper?

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Posted: 10 August 2013 01:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 93 ]
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In short no, tearing the whole thing out and replacing with a bigger better structure would cost more.  Could have done that if we had hit the 468 million dollar power ball.  Missed it and only won 4 bucks, not enough to fund much in terms of donations.

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Posted: 10 August 2013 07:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 94 ]
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Actually, the plaque and foyer are NOT the memorial, or the AUDITORIUM wouldn’t be called PEACE MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, now would it, Wynn?

This 8th grade straw-man tactic of limiting a subject to objects that make it easier to destroy is pathetic.

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Posted: 11 August 2013 02:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 95 ]
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Feel free to put whatever spin you like on the wording.  But the fact remains that during the original discussion the memorial committee report stated that the building would have a memorial foyer.  The intent is to retain that portion of the building, with little modification.  The living memorial remains.  Auditorium concepts were also discussed by the folks in 1950.  They envision two types of auditoriums – and arena type and one with a stage.  The plan was to have both, but that did not pan out due to cost.  The memorial foyer will remain along with the Peace Memorial Auditorium (arena type) and portal seating/stage platforms. 

Some key points from the historic documents:

In September of 1949 the Memorial Committee reported:

That the building be a memorial for those that served in the armed forces.

The same recommendation included the desire for two auditoriums, one arena type and one with a stage.  Other desires included a kitchen facility, city offices, a youth program, museum, rifle range and city offices.  The wants far exceeded the ability to fund the structure. 

As to the type of building the Memorial Committee recommended that it include the following features:
A memorial foyer

An Auditorium Arena Type with seating for 4000

At least one room seating about 400 equipped with a stage.

The data clearly indicates that the concept of a living memorial was based on the building and not one particular aspect of the building.  If funds had been available the structure/building would have been a central municipal one stop shopping center.

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Posted: 11 August 2013 02:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 96 ]
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Exactly.. that the BUILDING BE A MEMORIAL… THE PEACE MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM.  Not, you’ll notice, the Peace Memorial Foyer.  The MEMORIAL COMMITTEE recommends which rooms and functions be built and for what purpose.  Now, WHY would the MEMORIAL COMMITTEE be involved in choosing the constructions of rooms, if they were supposed to be satisfied with a plaque in the foyer?

Answer, they wouldn’t.

There’s some spinning going on, for sure, Wynn.

But, it ain’t me doing it…

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Posted: 11 August 2013 04:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 97 ]
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The city’s 1955 planning document describes the “assembly area,” which is the fixed, elevated seating with additional folding chairs added to the gym or on the stage, the “arena area,” which is the floor area, and the “stage area,” which includes storage below the stage for the folding chairs where they can be easily rolled on carts from the arena floor.  Sometimes in theater, “arena” is used to mean seating that’s below the stage level.

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Posted: 11 August 2013 07:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 98 ]
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Wynn.
If you spent half as much time working on city problems as you do defending this obsession…and it is an obsession…just think what you might be able to accomplish.

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Posted: 14 August 2013 02:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 99 ]
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Michael:  This is the city problem – spending;  Parks and Recreation Office and best use of City facilities.  I will agree I am committed or obsessed as you say with the spending issue.

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Posted: 14 August 2013 02:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 100 ]
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No, you are obsessed with that damned old auditorium.
Now, Stick the Perps and Rakes in the old boy scout cabin, far atop the hill where their ability to steal and make whoopee is more limited.
They will like it up there.  They will have advance views of people with warrants…of course, it will be more difficult to escape. Perhaps this is not such a good idea,. They probably should be closer to the airport.

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Posted: 14 August 2013 09:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 101 ]
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The “city problem” is they’ve got mental midgets making decisions about how to spend our tax moneys.  Good ol boys who’ll sign anything the city manager puts in front of them, and believe anything he whispers in their ears.

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