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Re: Mike Smithers Pool
By Alethea Johnson


January 31, 2011
Monday PM

How can we form a good opinion without all of the facts? I think it would be helpful for the members of Borough staff who are knowledgeable about the strengths and weaknesses of the Mike Smithers Pool building to meet with interested citizens and brainstorm ideas for its restoration and use as a recreational facility.

After getting the pros and cons out on the table for everyone to see, the group can then explore the feasibility of a public-private partnership (e.g. the Borough retains ownership of the property and a non-profit users group assumes responsibility for most of the fund-raising, renovations and ongoing maintenance). For an example of this type of partnership, take a look at the website for New York City's Central Park:

If a decision isn't obvious after an informational meeting, a time-line for research and planning can be drawn up and a task force can be formed to carry it out. At the end of that period, the Assembly can make a decision about whether to go forward with a plan for renovation or demolish the building and slate the property for some other type of use.

This community is full of bright and creative people with a passion for getting things done. I'd like to see our Borough leaders take a collaborative approach to situations like this and help us create the most positive outcomes possible with the resources we have at hand.

Alethea Johnson
Ketchikan, AK

About: "30 year resident of Ketchikan. Enjoys collaboration and creative problem-solving."

Received January 27, 2011 - Published January 31, 2011


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