This is in regards to the City Council Agenda Item #H – Shannon Fields on the next City Council meeting, Wednesday, November 5th at 6 pm.
We need all who can to come down to the city and speak out AGAINST using city tax funds to build softball fields at the rodeo grounds at Shannon Fields.
The following was taken from the September 9, 2014 City Council Meeting in the section called “Discussion on Shannon Fields Plans and Budget”.
PG City sold Battle Creek Park to Alpine School District this year as part of an unconstitutional tax break and land gift called an “incentive program” that is only allowed to certain big business to get them to come into our city…this one was for doTerra to build here. The City gave them the existing softball field that is next to the baseball field. Some of the money from the sell was to build a NEW softball field at Shannon Fields (Rodeo Grounds).
The council and administrator talked about using $435,000 part we received from the school district to build a new field.
At this discussion, it was said that the real cost of these 2 new softball fields, additional improvements and $120,000 design and engineering costs would be closer to $1,471,172.
The 2 fields would require, like always, “additional improvements” to the area and thus more tax money. Any private business wanting to do this would have to follow the city rules and be forced to provide these additional improvements and so will the city.
They would set this out in phases.
Phase 1 & 2 – Two New Softball fields
Phase 3 - New Parking Lot
Phase 4 – New Driveway between the parking lot and road
Phase 5 – New access road connection from 500 S. to 240 W.
Phase 6 & 7 – New north access road for Head Start Building
Phase 7 – New formal parking for Rodeo grounds
PG City only has $435,000 cash from the school district sale. They want to take additional tax funds in $600,000 from the ‘Park Impact Fee’ account, to pay for all phases. This Park Impact Fee account currently has inside $1.1 million but the city doesn’t want to use it all, only part and save the rest for other park improvements.
Another option talked about is to build only ONE softball field (phase 1) but this would still require the city to build two of the additional improvements (phase 3 and 5). If they choose this option, the total amount would be $1 million.
The City Attorney said to follow state law; we must use all impact fees for parks in some manner. There is nothing legally binding that forces the city to use these $435,000 funds towards field. These funds can be used for anything.
The City Administrator discussed the possibly of bidding out the construction job (Phases 1-5) separately and get the real prices, so the council can discuss which phases to complete and when.
The Mayor talked about the need and appropriateness of looking at this project now verses later, before they make any decisions considering what is going on financially in the city and the many other pressing financial needs.
There was talk about using the funds to build a bike park instead. The city currently has a bike park plan that is in the concept and design process.
The Administrator stated that the staff would like to proceed to obtain bids. Once the numbers are gathered, decisions can be made.
At this meeting and subsequent meetings, NO permission or direction from the council was ever given publicly to put this up for a bid.
PG City put this Shannon Field project up for a bid on October 14, 2014.
They received bids and in the upcoming city council meeting on Wednesday, November 5th, agenda item #H is set for the city council to AWARD THE BID for the Shannon Fields Softball complex to S & L Construction.
Considering the finances in the city, the need for funds for the public safety issues and the over $62 million dollar bond debt the city is currently in, we need to ALL come to the city council meeting and tell the them in the OPEN SESSON that we want them to stop spending our tax money on parks and ball fields and start paying for public safety building, bringing down debt and roads.
Get educated and join us to restore the proper role of government in our city.
Lisa Liddiard and Jennifer Baptista
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