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Gladstone made right decision on skating rink

January 12, 2011
Daily Press

The Gladstone City Commission made the right decision Monday when it once again declined to fund operation of a city skating rink this winter.

No, we are not against skating - or winter recreation. We do believe, however, in fiscal responsibility in government. By sticking to its guns, the Gladstone City Commission showed it has the best interest of the city at heart - even if its hurts.

Gladstone, like many other municipalities, is suffering budget woes. In this day and age, Gladstone has lots of company. And like many other municipalities, Gladstone was forced to make sacrifices when it came time to prepare the city's budget. One of those sacrifices was not having a city skating rink this year. The move saved the city about $8,500.

It is unfortunate that this move, and other cuts, had to be made. However, just like the households of Delta County, the city of Gladstone cannot live beyond its means.

Appeals were made by citizens and the Gladstone Recreation Board for the city to fund the rink. The commission, to its credit, stood by its decision. Another appeal was made Monday. Again, the commission decided to live within its budget.

A positive development came out of Monday's meeting, however. It appears that a movement has begun at the grass roots level to collect donations to fund an ice skating rink in Gladstone. Hopefully, enough donations will be collected to allow for some sort of an ice rink in Gladstone. About $3,000 is needed. Gladstone resident Terry Ahola should be commended for spearheading this effort. Hopefully, it will be successful.

Gladstone Mayor Darin Hunter pointed out Monday the city still offers winter recreation opportunities, such as the ski hill. Skating is also available at the Wells Sports Complex.

It's not always easy to be fiscally responsible - but it is always the right thing to do.



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