Yes! Weekly‘s editor Brian Clarey focuses an editorial this week on the successful passage of the $20M Parks & Recreation bond.
Sporting the breathless headline, “Greensboro gets fooled“,Â the text of the editorial shows that the title is indeed true; but not in the way intended. Greensboro is actually getting fooled into thinking that Clarey might have a clue on this subject.Â In the process, the editorial does a disservice to the reputation of Greensboro’sÂ Parks & Recreation Commission, of which I am past-chair and still serve.
Clarey states: “…the P&R Commission saw fit to earmark $12 million of the $20 million for a natatorium.”
No we didn’t.Â The bond had nothing to do with us.
Truth is, the City Council pretty much told us to “shove it” and decided all by themselves to put a P&R bond up for voters this year instead of 2010 as we had planned.Â In addition, once we were apprised and surprised that the bond would be forthcoming, we wanted our carefully planned list of priorities to populate theÂ bond.Â None of it included anything about a “natatorium”.
It was Councilman Mike Barber, not the P&R Commission (or Department), who championed the idea of including the, and this might be important, $10.2M, (not $12M) swim center as a part of the ballot.Â A majority of Council agreed… and here we are.
Wake the hell up here, Brian.Â All I was trying to do was make sure that the few priorities the P&R Commission had left on the bond’s wish list had a fighting chance of getting passed when I suggested that the swim community might want to consider a quiet campaign.
Editing note:Â It’s 6:45p right now and I’ve got to go somewhere.Â Check back later… I have much more to say about Brian’s B.S. charge of “trickery”.