Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Sprinker

Aug.
12th

SPRINKER: Roof replacement long overdue

Scaled-down fixes. That is the term Pierce County is using to describe how it will save Sprinker Recreation Center.

This concept of scaled-down fixes is why the roof is in the condition it is in. I have personally worked on the existing roof several times over the past 20 years. Each time I was on the roof it was in response to county requests to help stave off the numerous leaks.

Some of the repairs worked, some did not. At one point the roof leaked so bad that vents were installed into the roof system in an attempt to dry

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July
27th

SPRINKER: Thank you, Pierce County

Thanks to Pierce County for voting to repair Sprinker Recreation Center. This is appreciated by all those that use the only recreation center in the county and will serve future generations that will also use it.

In the news lately we often hear of bids or large construction projects coming in under budget. This should be an incentive to move forward with the Sprinker project as soon as is possible. The county should not have more delays until the costs escalate once again. If that happens the problems of repair costs will be repeated and suddenly become a crisis again.

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July
22nd

SPRINKER: What about the rest of us?

It’s great Sprinker Recreation Center will be refurbished (TNT, 7-21). As to how to pay for it, here’s a novel idea: Has anyone heard of pay as you go?

I did some basic math. Bonds for $6.1 million at a mere 3 percent interest for 15 years equates to $505,000 per year. Divide that by 170,000 “visits” and that equals $2.95 per visit.

It’s too simple. Charge $3 per visit!

Why should the taxpayers who don’t use Sprinker pay for it? When I go to a private sector business for my entertainment, I pay at least the full cost of

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July
14th

SPRINKER: A chance to make things right

There is no question that prior Pierce County Council members did not serve the community in the best interest. But there are some new council members who were elected in the last election who do have a rare opportunity to right a big wrong.

But to do so means these council members must be stronger and tougher than prior council members. They must be able to stand up for the community against internal council conflicts and peer pressure.

What is at stake for all of the council members is a loss of public faith in the system and in the

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July
12th

SPRINKER: Facility also has public safety role

Last week, the heat arrived in the Puget Sound area, and a list of cooling centers was published in the TNT (7-8). And guess what? Sprinker Recreation Center is on the list – and it is open more hours than the others listed, such as public libraries.

So beyond its many recreational uses, Sprinker is also a cooling center, a place to help those vulnerable to heat. It seems only logical to me that a building used for public safety should be maintained, repaired and deemed a safe building. If it is closed, this is another way that the Pierce

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July
9th

SPRINKER: No excuse for neglect of facility

I was shocked when I heard that Sprinker Recreation Center was closing because of the poor shape it was in due of the neglect of the county. How did that happen?

We live in a rainy, cloudy climate. For an indoor facility here in the Pacific Northwest, maintenance should be the No. 1 priority. I just assumed that yearly inspections were taking place, but obviously that wasn’t that case.

Attention was drawn away by the Chambers Bay Golf Course. That is taking children’s dreams away from them.

When the decision was made to form Chambers Bay Golf Course several years

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July
9th

PARKS: Cut the fat and save Sprinker

I was shocked to read Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy’s quote (TNT, 7-3). “At all costs” is by no means our rallying cry. The Friends of Sprinker are in no way going to be used by the executive and the County Council to raise the taxes of the citizens of Pierce County.

We elected them to make tough decisions and now is that time. They spent $92 million on the Chambers Bay Golf/sewer complex, and now they want to shut down parks that real people use.

The county thrust is debt on Sprinker. In fact, nearly half the payroll attributed

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July
6th

PIERCE COUNTY: Trail didn’t drain park dollars

Re: “Sprinker: Faded jewel fighting for its life” (letter, 7-1).

The writer cites the Foothills Trail as one of the new parks built over the last quarter century while “Sprinker quietly rotted away.”

While I cannot speak for other projects, I can assure the writer that the Foothills Trail was not built with local tax dollars. In fact, because of the early controversy surrounding the project, then County Executive Joe Stortini attempted to assuage opponents by assuring them that no general funds would be used.

Land purchases, planning and construction of the Foothills Trail were mostly funded with highly competitive

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