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Ortiz is critical of Globeís handling of community pool situation

Posted: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Dear Editor:

I have been watching and listening to the situation concerning the Globe swimming pool.

I attended the meeting held on April 22 at the pool, where like other concerned citizens I listened to the City Manager, Mr. Billingsley and Mr. Collopy (not sure of his exact title with the city) proceed to throw out a wide variety of information, all with the intent of letting the citizens know there was no way possible for the swimming pool to open this summer.

While I understand the problems presented at the meeting, some of the menís facts seemed to be fabricated to fulfill their agenda of not wanting to open the pool this summer.

Both gentlemen said the pool lost on average 12,000 gallons of water per day last summer. That would mean Globe lost around a million gallons of water last summer.

I never heard that mentioned to the council or the public prior to the April council meeting, when this little bomb was dropped.

Globe continues to increase our water bills to cover operating costs. Does this mean that they are exempt from their own water concerns? They produced a dollar amount of $88,000 to make the band-aid repairs that would enable the pool to open this summer. It was never quite explained how or where this number was developed from.

It became clear that Billingsley and Collopy had decided and planned to not open the pool no matter what this summer, and enacted their plan by waiting until there was no possible way for a group of citizens to raise the necessary funds.

The part of this plan that irritated me to speak up was the way Billingsley continued to put the situation on the Mayor and council, saying that he just carried out the orders set down by the council. If that is true, the Mayor and council are being lead to make decisions that have already been decided for them.

Also brought out at this meeting is that Globe has totally eliminated its entire recreation budget. Another orchestrated plan by Mr. Billingsley, I wonder? Globe should provide some recreational opportunities to its citizens as part of a quality of life plan.

I know nothing can or will be done this summer now that the plan has already been implemented, but I wonder if things can be accomplished so this part of Globe history doesnít repeat itself.

Manuel Ortiz

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