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Green resident seeking details of Central Park project

2/20/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

This is an open letter to residents of Green:

I sent the following letter to our City Council. If you share my concerns, please contact our Council representatives.

Dear Parks & Recreation Committee members:

I am interested in Mayor [Dick] Norton’s plan for a Central Park and see some benefits to establishing a central park. However, I am asking your committee and the entire Council to amend Resolution No. 2014-R07, a resolution approving and adopting the 2014 Annual Capital Appropriations for the city of Green. The amendment would temporarily remove the appropriation of $500,000 for Central Park — Planning.

I am asking your Committee and Council to urge the mayor and administration to provide more information to the citizens of Green on this project before spending the $500,000. This information should describe as a minimum the following: the current preliminary design for Central Park; current cost estimates for construction and operation of Central Park; the current capital funds available from the income tax and current Central Park project schedule; any alternate designs that were considered; the relationship between Central Park Project and other future park projects. This could include the 2014-2018 schedule, which the Parks Superintendent mentioned at the Feb. 12 meeting of the Green Parks & Recreation Board; how the design will manage and mitigate noise generated at a Green amphitheater; what the Central Park Planning consultant will do for the $500,000; and who are the steering committee members and how have they represented the citizens.

The Parks Superintendent [Mike Elkins] told the Parks and Recreation Board that a Parks & Recreation assessment is planned for this spring. Prior to that assessment, please give residents information on Central Park similar to the information, that was provided on the Massillon Road — North project.

Please give residents the chance to participate in the assessment and give Council time to represent residents and businesses on this Central Park — Planning appropriation.

Tony Ziehler, Green

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