|To the Editor: Ridge School could be good city building|
|Written by C. Daniel Rodesky|
|Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:02|
I wish to respond to Diane Vogtsberger's letter of April 10, titled "BG has rare opportunity to create Town Square," to use the space of the old junior high school for community green space.
I totally agree with Ms. Vogtsberger's reasons why this green space would benefit the community. I would also recommend that the green space where the old administration building was, and the open lot to the south of that building, be included as part of the total green space.
If the city really wanted to get the community's opinion - in favor or not in favor of the green space - they could set up a telephone hot line where the responses could be tallied automatically, without a person being involved, or being run through the Department of Parks and Recreation. The hot line could be provided for a period of time when most residents would have adequate time to respond through the media.
Also, I have a suggestion for a location of the new City Administrative Complex: Perhaps the city could arrange for the old Ridge School property to be the site of the new City Building.
The site is only a block from the County Administration Offices and would still be considered as a part of the downtown area.
In my opinion, I would not like to see the city make another mistake, i.e., investing approximately $4 million in a swimming complex to be used for approximately three months of the year by residents, whereas, an indoor-outdoor swimming complex at the Community Center would have better served the community year round.
C. Daniel Rodesky
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