LETTER: Recreation first, then Welcome Center in existing building
I agreed with your editorial a few weeks ago about utilizing an existing building for a welcome center instead of building a new one.
First of all, I don’t see why Clinton needs a welcome center. I can’t imagine what would be in it other than a pamphlet for Musgrove Mill Park. We don’t need a fancy new building with a huge price tag.
I realize there is a small grant to pay for part of the building, but I don’t agree with the city having to add over $300,000 for the project. That is a waste of our tax dollars.
If council sees a need for a welcome center, there are several good places to put one and utilize an existing building. The last thing we need to do is spend a lot of money on another building to maintain.
The city has done a poor job of maintaining the buildings they own. The number one priority for Clinton this year should be to renovate the Public Safety Building. Our first responders deserve a better place to work. The roof leaks and there is mold in the building which poses a health risk.
We lost our library because of poor maintenance. Deferred maintenance is very expensive.
A welcome center could go in the Municipal Center, where we have a Clinton Mill museum that people could enjoy, or it could go in the Clinton Museum which has been closed for a year. There would be someone working in the building and could answer questions.
The DE Tribble building could be renovated for the library and space could be provided for a welcome center.
The city owns enough buildings that could be used as a welcome center without building another building. There isn’t enough in Clinton to warrant spending over $400,000 to build a welcome center. We need to maintain the buildings we own before we build any new buildings.
The citizens of Clinton have been waiting many years on a sport complex to be built. I for one would like to see my tax dollars spent on something that all of our citizens can enjoy, especially our children. The youth in our community deserve a first class sports complex. They won’t benefit from a welcome center.
I ask council to think long and hard before they vote to build a welcome center. Let’s get our sports complex built before you build another expensive building to maintain. Do something to benefit a large number of citizens.