The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Opinion

December 20, 2013

EDITORIAL: Residents deserve to know future of YMCA

GREENVILLE — Greenville residents deserve to know the future of the YMCA project.

Dr. Jerry Ransom pulled his support from the project on Oct. 22 in a letter to the Greenville City Council, citing “unanswered questions” surrounding the project.

But what are those questions? Ransom publicly supported the project for months, speaking with the Herald-Banner at length regarding the project in the spring.

At that time, we ran an editorial that suggested the involved parties take a step back and put more energy and time into planning the project, sentiments Ransom echoed in his letter in October.

“Requesting and reviewing architectural services at this point is a ridiculous waste of time and money,” Ransom said in the letter. “It is equivalent to ‘Cut then measure!’ or ‘Shoot and then aim!’. For this large investment in our community, the citizens of Greenville deserve more.”

It’s been almost two months since Ransom pulled his support, but little has been said about the project from the city, YMCA or Ransom. Is it stalled or is it moving forward?

Before Ransom’s announcement, little work on the project has been done since voters approved a $15 million bond in May. While the city is not obligated to spend the money allocated by voters on the project, according to the voter turnout, this is a project Greenville residents want to see completed. Regardless, Greenville residents deserve to know the YMCA facility’s status. Is construction on the new YMCA building going to happen? If so, when?

If this is truly an instance of, as Ransom said in his letter, cut then measure, that is simply unacceptable. You cannot play with taxpayer money like that.

Or, if the opposite is true, and the project is ready to move forward, then the city must start moving forward as soon as possible.

There are simply too many unanswered questions about a project that will have a tremendous impact on the community and all parties involved have been too quiet about it. Greenville residents have been in the dark for far too long.

We deserve answers.

This is the opinion of the Herald-Banner editorial board. To contact the board, email editor@heraldbanner.com.

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