DeGraw talks about a new pool

Published September 25, 2014 by justicewg

degrawlogoMayor DeGraw has put up another good post on the Grandview Heights blog. Once again, I’m impressed by the way the city works to communicate with the people of this city. Conversely, I’m ashamed of the poor skills of the board and school superintendent. It has been more than two months and Culp has done nothing more than put up an introduction post on the school website. If he follows O’Reilly, that will be the full extent of his website communication for a year.

Since this is what bloggers do, I’ll give the tl;dr version of DeGraw’s post.

Trick or Treat night will be moved from October 31 to October 30 this year.

Ohio Public Works Commission funding application for the work on First Avenue and Northwest Boulevard has been done. Trees were saved. (again, I’m impressed by the way the city responded to complaints and had a number of meetings. The school board would never do this.)

The dedication of the Wyman Woods shelter house and a park opening will be held October 25 after the Pumpkin Run. (here is where we are seeing the tax money from the Yard in use).

A crane with a large weight will begin compressing the soil that is being brought in to fill a portion of the 40 acres of land at the northeast corner of Grandview Ave. and Route 33. Loud pounding will be heard, for however long that takes.

The Yard – the new parking garage by Goodale is nearing completion and the Hofbrauhaus is scheduled to open October 21.

With the additional bed tax coming into the city from the second hotel going into the Grandview Yard, the Parks Board has been asked to look at improving the pool. Over the next few months they will be looking at upgrading or replacing the pool and facilities around the pool.

End of summary.

This is the start of the party – with new tax money coming in from the Yard, the city now has the funds to do projects that have been on hold for years. The stories about the decrepit old equipment that has been patched and re-patched at the pool have been discussed for years. The people who are sick of the patching are talking about a complete removal of the old pool and building it all new. The people who like the old style architecture of the building (what little exists) are asking the city to do historic preservation.

Projects like this – and others that are not so much upgrades as they are complete additions to the city infrastructure – will be hot topics for the next few years. Expect the return of the “We need a huge new city building and Fire house!”, and “let’s build a recreation complex with pool and tracks and gyms and stuff!”. The people who point out that no city the size of Grandview has these kind of facilities will be pushed aside by the “we have money, let’s spend it!” crowd.

(Nov.) That didn’t take long, the city is again talking about constructing a new firehouse and municipal building. No doubt, the city building is old and needs replaced, the question is what will be built, new facilities that match the needs, or oversized, expensive buildings that are more about keeping up with U.A.?

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