Fraser Rec District recall candidates need to explain their intentions
January 29, 2009
To the Editor:
Someone asked a question on the Internet version of the Sky-Hi Daily News (skyhidailynews.com), in response to a letter in the Friday, Jan. 23, paper: “I just want someone behind this recall initiative/CC to state their goals. Once they get the three board members out of there, then what?”
Excellent question. Who would be better than those candidates in favor of the recall, who are running to replace the 3 candidates up for recall, to answer this excellent question?
Someone working for the Sky-Hi Daily News should interview all candidates now and put an article in the paper, soon, to answer many people’s legitimate questions about why there is going to be a recall election on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7 a.m.. – 7 p.m.., at the East Grand Fire Station, regarding three board members of the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District.
Here are a few of my reasons, and I’m an independent person, not part of any group other than being a constituent of the Rec District.
– The three Rec Board members I would like recalled always seemed to bend over backwards to give away the farm to Clark Lipscomb/Grand Park, rather than looking out for our tax needs. This was shown to be the case, by unusual reversion clauses in the contract between the Rec District and Grand Park, in which Grand Park got the much better deal, and we “constituents” (living in or owning property in the Rec District) got stuck with paying for and “maintaining” (for many years) a too ambitious (fancy, expensive) rec center.
– This rec center project seems to be too expensive for this community to be able to successfully pay for, especially in this very volatile economic market. The current board members keep getting more and more monetary grants. But, they are using the grant money to expand facilities within the rec center, rather than using the grant money to help pay off the huge debt that we will be stuck paying off, for many years.
– I believe that Kevin Davlin, Jon deVos and Darrell Jackie Woods would be more fiscally conservative and more responsive to our tax needs than the three board members up for recall.
I urge the questioner and everyone who will vote in the recall election to listen to all the candidates answer questions at a forum to be conducted by this paper at the Fraser Library, 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5. And I hope a lot of people who live in or own property in the rec district (FVMRD) will be there to get answers.