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Where the money goes

July 27, 2013

Mayor Gabe Campana courted Kohls with millions of dollars in services, parking and property at the expense of taxpayers. In theory, this brought more money back to the downtown....

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ArtFold

Jul-27-13 4:31 AM

"Youths that normally had positive places to spend their time may now end up roaming the streets." So now it is the job of city government to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble? I must have missed that day in civics class.

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GysgtUSMC

Jul-27-13 5:35 AM

Art I would have to disagree. What the writer states, is true. There is no excuse for crime. However, you know what they say about idle hands. Things were different when we grew up and I can remember when the parks had day activities every summer and the city would hire young men and woman to be there to play games with the kids and have arts and crafts. Now with the exception of kids sitting at home playing with their electronics, there's very little for them to do. I still think closing the pool on the west side of town was a big mistake and it punished so many kids that had nothing to do with whatever problems they had. And please don't mention funding, because like the letter writer states, they find the money for everything else. Just read this weeks paper about all the money they are borrowing and some of the plans. Start spending money on our communities outside of center city, and especially for our kids.

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MrShaman

Jul-27-13 6:34 AM

"Things were different when we grew up and I can remember when the parks had day activities every summer and the city would hire young men and woman to be there to play games with the kids and have arts and crafts." - GysgtUSMC

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This would have been (back) BEFORE...short-term-profits was the common-denominator in any-and-all spending-decisions.

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GysgtUSMC

Jul-27-13 6:47 AM

Wow, I can't believe I'm going to say this.... Shaman.. I AGREE! LoL

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eriklatranyi

Jul-27-13 7:15 AM

I hate to break the news, but the resurgence of downtown has little to do with what the Mayor and council have done and more to do with the economic growth from the natural gas industry.

Growth cannot be artificially created by spending money.

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wwhickok

Jul-27-13 7:25 AM

Bethune Douglas isn't West End it's Central City, but your point isn't invalid.

The West End/Newberry is basically a ghost time in terms of things to do outside of little league.

Parents have to step up to the plate too though. As far as funding I think some of the economic things are good for the city that they are Doing but yes I also feel they need to find money for the kids.

Let me just say this, IS Bethune Douglas just a building? Or did it have meaning, hope, and heart to it? Do you truly need a structure to conduct activities with the youth or could you make memorial park your new temporary home? What I'm saying is the loss of a building shouldn't kill your drive for involvement and spreading hope.

As far as the Gas Industry I'm not going to give them all the credit for a booming downtown. The city has invested a lot of money to try to bring jobs and business back, though I will say it seems like we have a lot of advertising agencies downtown these days.

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wwhickok

Jul-27-13 7:26 AM

Frankly Sham this doesn't happen often but...I agree with you too.

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GysgtUSMC

Jul-27-13 7:34 AM

Being someone that had the opportunity to travel the country and the globe, and living in many different places while raising a family, the first thing most service people do is research the city/town that surrounds your next duty station. And the things we looked at was how safe the community is, how is the education system, and what is there for the children to do. Now apply that same principle to Williamsport and ask yourself if you would move here. If your answer is no, then imagine how a lot of the parents that live hear feel. Especially since most have to work and there is nothing for their kids to do. Is it asking so much to concentrate more effort in giving these kids something to do with their idle hands?

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jul-27-13 8:46 AM

Well the city still lists Memorial Park pool on their website "www [dot] cityofwilliamsport [dot] org/Parks [dot] php" so that prospective people moving into the area can be fooled.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jul-27-13 9:07 AM

Okay friends of Williamsport, if you want to get serious about what to do with Memorial Park pool, here is what you need to do. Turn it into a waterpark. Before you pooh pooh the idea, google "Splashway Sheridan TX". This little town in the middle of nowhere with population of 108 or 225 (depending on your source) built a low cost waterpark that people from miles around come to use. It started small but continued to grow. The city can sell day passes or family season passes (discounted for Williamsport residents). It also provides a safe environment with picnic areas and shade. It will take a larger footprint than the pool area.

It will also provide some part-time, seasonal jobs for teenagers. Just don't go hire some huge architect firms and construction contractors that will drive up the costs. Maybe someone could go to Sheridan to learn how they did theirs and bring it to Williamsport.

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MrShaman

Jul-27-13 10:33 AM

"Wow, I can't believe I'm going to say this.... Shaman.. I AGREE! LoL" - GysgtUSMC

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Relatively-painless, wasn't it??!!!

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MrShaman

Jul-27-13 10:37 AM

"I hate to break the news, but the resurgence of downtown has little to do with what the Mayor and council have done and more to do with the economic growth from the natural gas industry." - eriklatranyi

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So...what are you suggesting, Skippy...that the natural gas industry staged some kind o' "coup"...and, took-OVER all downtown-planning??!!!

You Jr. T-Baggers will believe (absolutely) anything.

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MrShaman

Jul-27-13 10:41 AM

"Frankly Sham this doesn't happen often but...I agree with you too." - wwhickok

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Take a few deep-breaths. You'll survive....

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MrShaman

Jul-27-13 10:46 AM

"Is it asking so much to concentrate more effort in giving these kids something to do with their idle hands?" - GysgtUSMC

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Good Luck (with THAT)!!!

You're appealing to (some) people who feel there are (other) people who have an obligation to DIE...if they can't afford health-insurance.

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MrShaman

Jul-27-13 10:51 AM

"Well the city still lists Memorial Park pool on their website "www [dot] cityofwilliamsport [dot] org/Parks [dot] php" so that prospective people moving into the area can be fooled." - ToTEXASfromPA

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I wouldn't worry, too-much (about that), if I was you.

You've already taken the easy/most-convenient way, out.

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wwhickok

Jul-27-13 1:00 PM

Frankly Texas, the Pool to Water Park idea is an excellent idea.

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JabbaTheHutt

Jul-27-13 5:13 PM

Tex, great idea. The problem is that no one with funds to accomplish it or in a powerful enough position to do it has the sense or foresight to bring something like that to this town.

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