Protecting the citizens of Grantville from waste
Dear Grantville Citizens:
I am catching much flak, especially from Councilwoman Selma Coty and Councilman Barham Lundy, for delaying the skate park. This rush to hand over $100,000 of your money to one company with no bids, no plans and no site (other than somewhere in Griffin Street Park) is a foolish business decision.
If we are going to spend this kind of money it should be planned and researched so we know what we are doing and what we are getting. I will continue to stall this "write a check and take what you get" attitude of these two council members until we have the information to make a proper business decision. I fully support a properly planned skate park for Grantville and an engineer-approved location at Griffin Street Park.
Now let me tell you what I don’t support! We are spending $15,000 for a decorative fence at Griffin Street Park. The full council had voted this fence down twice. Mr. Lundy and Ms. Coty approved the fence contract with just their two votes when a member was absent. Opportunistic? Yes! Ethical? No!
Now the full council has approved $35,000 for unattended restrooms at Griffin Street Park. In my opinion this is not only a waste of $35,000, but an ongoing cost and liability for the city. All the beautiful parks Newnan has built, are there any unattended restrooms?
The following potential problems may be why: Child molestation, drug use, vandalism, graffiti, spy cams, vagrancy, bacterial infections and daily clean-up cost. Griffin Street Park is not in a populated area and is barely used. Adding unattended restrooms is a serious concern. They have approved $35,000 of your money for these unattended restrooms with only me objecting. The contractor’s bid for the restrooms was just determined to be flawed and it must be rebid.
Am I wrong? Should we cancel this or delay and seek more information? Are we really looking out for children and using tax dollars wisely? This will be rebid unless the public disagrees loudly. You have heard my voice. Your voice can be heard 6:30 p.m. at Monday night’s council meeting on this or any appropriate subject.
Mayor Jim Sells