Youth Indoor Soccer League
By Phil Doherty
February 20, 2007
All youth indoor soccer players, parents, and supporters of Ketchikan's
youth activities are asked to attend the Borough Assembly meeting
on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. It seems that Wendy
Mackie who works at the Gateway Recreational Center and Roy Eckert,
Borough Manager have quietly submitted Resolution No. 2027 that
would severly impact the Youth Indoor Soccer League. That Resolution
seeks to raise the hourly gym rate at our Gateway Recreational
Center from $25.20/hour to $42.00/hour. No other official leagues
or non-profit organizations are facing an icrease of this nature.
The excuse is that indoor soccer causes more wear and tear on
the facility than other sports, but no one from the GRC or the
Borough can say that indoor soccer is the sole source of the
wear and tear at the GRC, but soccer is the only sport facing
this steep of an increase. In fact, in a January 15, 2007 letter
to Ketchikan Youth Soccer League Board Members Roy Eckert wri!
"After looking at all of the facts, it appears to me that
this is not so much a damage problem as one of space and time
allocation. Unless I have been misinformed, I have been told
that the schools have not allocated enough time or locations
in the school gyms for indoor soccer, and this is putting a tremendous
load on the Rec Center.
However, after stating that it is not a damage problem, but a
time allocation problem Ms. Mackie and Mr. Eckert still saw fit
to submit Resolution No. 2027.
We need the 130+ team players and the other supporters of this
league and all of Ketchikan's youth activities to attend the
Assembly meeting on Tuesday evening to make sure the Assembly
members realize that the GRC belongs to the Community, and not
the employees of the Borough. Supporting our youth activities
is more important than undefined wear and tear to the Rec. Center.
Received February 19, 2007 - Published February 20, 2006
About: "Supporter of Ketchikan
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