Craig The Community Recreation Center Steering Committee decided to take a new direction after its meeting Wednesday.
"I think we're moving in the right direction," committee member Erin Miller said.
In part, because of a new decision to earn the public's trust.
The Steering Committee wants any tax-funded recreation center ballot question to come as a decision of the people.
Starting in a few months, the group will organize a petition to put a recreation center on an upcoming ballot as a citizen initiative.
Without the people's support, the campaign will not seek a vote.
"We feel that if it's citizen-mandated, then people will know that this is not something the city is trying to do, but something that we really want," Miller said.
Dave Pike, Craig Parks and Recreation Department director, said he was fully supportive of the measure.
"A lot of people have this misconception that this is something the city is trying to build," he said. "It's really not."
To get a petition circulated around town will require a lot of work and volunteers, Miller said.
To get the public on board, she added, will take a good case.
"I feel it's going to take some real education (for the public about what we plan), and I hope we get some more people involved on the Steering Committee," Miller said. "I'm still enthusiastic about it."
It could not be verified by press time what requirements are for a citizen initiative to land on a Craig ballot.
However, the Craig City Charter states local election laws follow the laws of the state. In Colorado, a citizen initiative requires 5 percent of the number of voters who voted for all candidates for the secretary of state office in the last general election.
The Steering Committee plans to meet next at 7 p.m. July 7 at City Hall. Representatives from Sink Combs Dethlefs, the Denver-based firm contracted to consult with the Steering Committee, plan to attend.
Miller and Pike stressed there are a lot of discussions to be had and decisions to make before a recreation center campaign gets under way, such as how much to spend on a facility, what features to include and when to pursue a ballot question.
They said they would like to see as many people as can make the meeting come to either support the project or ask questions.
Miller herself is eager to start.
She worked for the Greely Recreation Department some years ago when that town first opened a tax-funded recreation center and said that experience was all she needs to know another one would be great for Craig.
"I feel pretty passionately about our community having a rec center," she said. "It was a great thing for (Greely) and really helped turn some things around."
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