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Town Commissioner Sansbury on parks and possible park bond

May 13. By Todd Sansbury. [Opinion] It’s great to see so many people passionate about Parks/Rec, which always ranks amongst the Top 3 citizen priorities. Any bond passage doesn’t equate to immediate debt service.

An approved referendum is only the opportunity to invest, projects approval and the sell of bonds are still needed.

Todd Sansbury

As the article clearly states, this is step one and a comprehensive Parks Master Plan will lay out the details and targeted projects.

The blank check comment is irresponsible as Parks/Rec held multiple listening sessions and meetings over the past 6-8 months to prioritize citizen requests, provide details, and discuss county, regional, and state partnerships.

Once citizens see the forthcoming details, they can vote yes/no for the bond package. This board is extremely fiscally conservative and correctly advocated for no tax increase for Cornelius this year, while our surrounding towns imposed substantial increases.

Please make an effort to get involved and seek clarification. By the way, Ramsey Creek and Jetton Park are county parks and not considered town assets.

—Sansbury is in his second term as a member of the Cornelius Town Board.



3 Responses to “Town Commissioner Sansbury on parks and possible park bond”

  1. Very well said!

    Posted by RNB | May 13, 2024, 12:25 pm
  2. While Park & Rec did come in 3rd in the survey at 15%. Public Safety and Transportation came in at 52%.
    Some of the comments in the Park & Rec section were:
    NOW….but it seems no one listens. Who has time for a Greenway, when you spend hours just tryingto get to and from work?

    REDUCE exorbitant funding for tennis and pickleball facilities at Bailey Road Park – WAYTOO COSTLY,

    STOP OVERCOMPLICATING OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT!! Build roads, have a stout and capablepolice force and fire department, pick up trash and recycling and when all of that is happening at anabove average level, then worry about the other items.

    There were many many passionate comments regarding traffic issues and the staffing and pay for Police and Fire services.

    How many citizens were in the multiple listening sessions and what did they say about where to spend more money for P&R?

    The Town Board has had feedback over the years, but have not fully funded the major needs citizens continue to ask for – Safety and Transportation. Lower tax revenue than any other town in the county seems to be the goal for whatever reason. Another bond issue will further increase taxes as the money and interest has to be paid back – addition bonds (and we already have plenty) are a way to continue “kick the payment can down the road”

    Posted by LS | May 13, 2024, 3:01 pm
  3. More than “well said”! As a former business owner, CFO, and COO, I’ve either coordinated or participated in multiple strategic planning sessions. The process always includes a S.W.O.T. analysis (recognizing your Strengths, Weakenesses, Opportunities, and threats). The end result is an action plan that includes priorities for the coming year, strategic initiatives to close in on your 3 year goals, and possible actions that could enhance your ability to far exceed your longer term goals. (Sometimes referred to as BHAG goals in business). Planning for a city our size requires thinking well beyond 5 years.

    The common factor between business planning and government planning is you have to focus on the highest priorities before you consider the “nice to have” items.

    In my opinion, until we resolve the traffic/road issues, nothing else should be considered a priority!!!

    Posted by Michael Scott | May 13, 2024, 7:10 pm

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