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Op-ed: City needs to pay attention to fairgrounds (by Peter Children)

This news story was published on February 19, 2012.
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We are at the very threshold of Spring, the season of promise, new beginnings and fresh air.  Open windows after being shut in for the winter.  So what will we expect from our community officials; will it be subterfuge and covert dealing over projects that the majority doesn’t want and cannot afford, or will there be a determined commitment to push for new ventures that are healthy and sustainable?

City Hall needs to be reminded that they all serve at the pleasure of the voters, that their positions  are not cradle to grave jobs. Job number one is accountability to the public and not special interest fragments that hallucinate over commissions and contracts that are traded for votes and favors with a wink and a nod.

Recently we read of new ventures being acquired in nearby towns, formidable ventures with substance, and I applaud these towns of smaller size and wonder why these opportunities did not stop  here first.  I realize that when you drive through most neighborhoods you are likely to see rotting automobiles and debris littered over yards along with homes that if inspected could not meet city code for habitat.  Short of putting a hood over the head of perspective manufactures until we got them to the proposed site, there is no other option. With Spring at our doorstep I see no commitment by this city to push at least symbiotically to set standards for property appearance and maintence.  A clean city is a healthy city and one where people want to live. Unless you with community pride make your wishes known…this isn’t going to change.

Dreams of sugar plums should be put away until the economy gets stronger and a few, not one but more than one new industry settles in this city, when you can count over a hundred new good paying jobs that will sustain a family, then and only then should your thoughts turn to twin rinks where tiny pucks are battered about.  Apparently the Fairgrounds isn’t quite good enough for some folks.  Think of all the towns that no facility on which to play…they’d love the Fairgrounds.

Speaking of which, why doesn’t this city pause and consider that abomination as a part of this city instead of treating it like a poor relative, lets get behind it and help transform it into a showplace where all of North Iowa will want to come.  When that happens everyone benefits. Ignoring it exists is like the arm trying to pretend the hand isn’t there.  We know the Country Board of Supervisors is totally inept…but hopefully those seats will change soon.  After years of neglect and poor management it should be more than apparent this oversized fair board hasn’t got one person serving on it that could make a box of popcorn.

Peter Children

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10 Responses to Op-ed: City needs to pay attention to fairgrounds (by Peter Children)

  1. craig Reply Report comment

    February 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Although I do not live in Mason City, I would like to think, that if the city was to spend 30 million on a hockey rink, they could do it at the fair ground property,not only would it help the hockey out it would draw from many areas for the fair,provided their was someone to manage the funding and the board.

  2. stone thrower Reply Report comment

    February 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I was talking about houses up to code, if you know what I mean,think about it.Does that mean all of your properties are up to code?

    • Peter Children Reply Report comment

      February 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Stone thrower

      I own one other small property beside the one I live in. My rental property is inspected for rental and passed easily.

  3. Peter Children Reply Report comment

    February 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    There is nothing wrong with my yard

  4. Jim Reply Report comment

    February 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I do not think the clean up campain will walk, all you have to do is look at the fourth ward council persons yard

    • Kinkyh Reply Report comment

      February 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      I would if I knew (her) the address. Not in my phonebook.

      • westhole Reply Report comment

        February 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm

        It lives on 15th S.W. second block south of Taft. there is a large enclosed trailer next to the garage. The trailer says Gansen R.V on it

  5. stone thrower Reply Report comment

    February 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    before you judge, check your own back yard,when it comes to properties not up to code.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Two projects that city should have fought for were the Target center and a tire plant that just opened in charles city . Theese should have been here instead of the ces fiasko. Those two projects were very viable and would have produced a lot of jobs and money influx into our stagering city finances. Instead they were fighting for 50 jobs that even ces said would have been only 20.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Mason City did fight for these. What SOLUTION do you have? Can you do anything but complain?