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COMMUNITY VOICE

Letters to the editor: Can’t reconcile cost of Homestead facilities

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 12:01 am

This letter is in reference to the tennis facilities being constructed for Homestead High School on the east side of Homestead Road, south of Summit Middle School, including tennis courts and the impending clubhouse.

I have trouble reconciling the expenditure of $1.1 million dollars with the wish to memorialize the death of a teacher and coach. I have difficulty giving up green space to an endeavor of that proportion.

We all lose beloved ones and wish to preserve and cherish the memories of those who have gone before. I did not know Jim Clark personally. However, I do respect the time and attention he gave his students and his tennis teams. I do not wish to detract from that.

I have lived in this community for 50 years, teaching in this corporation for 27 years. I have taught with many wonderful people, now deceased. They are honored by the students who remember lessons taught and exemplary conduct exhibited. Establishing scholarships to honor would be a wonderful way to memorialize.

Those of us who live in close proximity wish to have the conditions maintained, agreed upon by a prior legal agreement¸ that of no lights and no public address system added. We also desire to be assured that the run-off will be managed so as not to inundate our neighborhood.

To conclude, one might think that it would be in the best interest of taxpayers to have been informed of the impending project before those machines started rolling. There was, to my knowledge, no written notice that this project was to take place prior to and informed via the newspapers. The first written information appeared in the newspaper “Aboite and About” on the Saturday after the digging began.

The environment of that area does not end with the fence at the south end. Lights, sound and water go beyond the fence.

V. Marceil Poor, Southwest Allen County