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Problem 2: The city and county are 2 different entities and funding for these two entities are totally seperate. Loudy Simpson is a County owned facility. So, the city puting the rec center on County property probably isn't going to happen. Elkhead is owned by the City, so the County cannot apply for a grant to fix that. Elkhead was funded by GOCO though. The reason you haven't seen the new camp site is that this grant is funded in phases over several years. The maximum amount you can receive for a given year was received and when the next year comes along and more money is given to the city, then more work will be done. It would be nice if the world didn't work like this and we didn't have to wait or jump through hoops, but that's the way it is.
Problem 3: The funding from GOCO - the grant the County received - does not do buildings. It has to be outdoor related, so any funding like this cannot be used for an indoor pool. However, the City is working on a DOLA grant to help with funding the rec center.
Grant writing and government budgeting are both very hard and unrespected jobs. These people work hours on end to provide this City and County with services and facilities. You can't make everyone happy all of the time and that's a given to the people who have these jobs. But thank you for doing them.
First of all, I have to agree with you in theory. All these ideas are great and it would be awesome to see all these facilities get upgrades and to get a new rec center. The problems are several and I'll tell you where they lie.
Problem 1: The $200,000 received by the county was not for parks in general, it was specifically a proposal for Soccer Fields at Loudy Simpson. Contrary to Mr. Vandelinder's opinion, soccer numbers have increased and even though the County does not run a soccer program, different soccer programs use the one regulation size field that the County does have. The high school boys use the team for home meets and has had to cancel some because the field was unavailable - meaning someone else was using it. The girls team use it when they can but because of heavy use in the fall, it is usually getting re-seeded in the spring. The soccer program at the school has only been around since the mid 1990's and they have to travel to Loudy to practice. This is a hardship on the kids, but the kids that do it are dedicated. Just because they haven't won, doesn't mean we shouldn't supply them with a decent place to play. If you look at the grant application the county wrote (this is public information), there are letters from the high school, Yampa Valley Soccer club, Craig Youth Soccer (not affiliated with the City) and The City Parks all wrote letters telling about the difficulties in finding space between all the clubs. The City has their own program and works with the schedules of Craig Youth Soccer, but usually by the time Craig Youth Soccer is playing, the City Soccer Fields at Woodburry are turned into Doak Walker Football Fields. During the summer, the Loudy Field is constantly in use. During week nights for practice and weekends for tournaments, so I'm not quite sure when Mr. Vandelinder went to Loudy Simpson, but it probably wasn't at night or on a weekend. The City Soccer is also in the evenings and has just started their summer program. So, do research before you spout off your opinion. The County also held public meetings getting input. If you didn't show up to give your opion - whether for or against, you shouldn't wait until the money is distributed to tell where you want it to go. I was at the meetings and I have done research. Moffat County is puting out very little cash on this project and working with Trapper Mine to do all the dirt work. Several Volunteers are helping to put this all together. If there were more than one soccer field at Loudy Simpson, these soccer clubs would be able to hold actual soccer tournaments with people coming to Craig from all over the state bringing the City and County revenue.
This will be continued in my next post.
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