By Scott Kline
September 20, 2006
Looking at the lay out of the White Cliff project it looks like
the seniors only get 8-10 thousand square feet of space in the
building, while the arts will get the remaining 37 thousand square
feet. The seniors say they have been interested in the building
for a decade. How long have the arts been interested? Did the
arts jump onto the wagon a decade ago also? I have absolutely
nothing against the seniors at all, matter of fact I hang out
with a very good group every Monday night and every third Saturday
of each month. I would do anything for these guys as they are
veterans, they are my commrads, and some I even call Dad. They
are a non-profit group that many people ask to donate to their
cause and they do.
For the 8-10 thousand square feet the seniors are getting, I
think it would be wiser to build a new facility instead of renovating
an old structure that could quite possibly over run by a milion
How about building a new library for all of Ketchikan to use
(2 million) and refubish the library for the seniors to relocate
to. It has a central location, parking, already has handicap
access, a water view (the creek), newer structure, and lower
maintanance cost, etc.
How about vote in the sales tax increase, 6 million to a senior
center and new library, and a million to 10 non profit orgs in
Ketchikan. Then let's talk about community involvement, let's
talk about volunteering to steer our kids down the right path,
let's talk about a community that plays together and stays together.
The way it is set up the seniors will get 4 million worth of
refurb building and the arts gets 10 million worth. Doesn't that
seem a little excessive for one non profit org to get while there
are plenty of other non profit orgs that deserve it just as much.
One last thing, $218,000 for local art in the cost of the building.
If we're paying for a building for the arts shouldn't they donate
their art to be displayed?
Better use for a whole bunch
of money for all the kids,
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: "11 yr resident, Father of baseball and softball
players, participatwes with seniors every Monday night"
On the Web:
Proposition 1 - Sales Tax Increase:
For the full text of Ordinance No. 1403 click here
Proposition 2 - Bonds: For
the full text of Ordinance No. 1404 click here
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