Well, last night’s City Commission meeting did an excellent job of telling the Fieldhouse Project to go pound sand. The Mercury mis-reported, according to Commissioners, and the printed Commission 2014 goals mis-stated Commission support of that fiasco. The City Commission is NOT behind spending $50 million in tax dollars to build playgrounds for the privileged and commit to $2 million/year in tax dollars to operate and maintain those playgrounds. THANK YOU, City Commissioners!!! For once, common sense prevailed!!
Four of the 5 Commissioners were quite outspoken in that they did not want anything interpreted that the Commission supported the Fieldhouse Project. Wynn brought it up. Karen tossed out some excellent points about demolishing good existing neighborhood facilities to construct a project that were geared towards the traveling team type sports. Usha has become merely an echo-chamber of Karen. Rich also did not see the sense in the ridiculous scope of the project. The commissoner who really surprised me was John. Supposedly conservative, Matta was reluctant to publicly cut apron strings with the Fieldhouse Project. I guess being lobbyied for two days in Kansas City had an effect on him. Just as we’ve seen with the County Commissioners who ran as conservatives and are now trying to set spending records, the “C” tag is only good until you’re elected. Pretty proud of the four commissioners who did not want anyone misguided that City tax dollars were headed to the Fieldhouse Project.
The County Commission, OTOH, is still working hard in an effort to somehow force the issue that would still sting Manhattan taxpayers for this ill-conceived project. I don’t see how they can move the Fieldhouse Project forward without the City Commission. All the existing parks are inside the City of Manhattan and maintained by City staff. The County does have part ownership of CiCo, but I don’t believe have the power to authorize dozing out of the existing baseball diamonds. The proposed soccer fields are in Pott County and I would imagine spending money on frivilous projects in Pott County would be sufficient grounds for recall of the Riley County Commissoners. However, Riley County Commissioners are dead set on spending Riley County and Manhattan tax dolalrs on a visitor’s center in Geary County. My… how quickly true colors come out once politicians are allowed to operate a county of this size and wont’ even consider the hiring of a professional administrator.