When is the Mount Carroll City Council going to stop wasting money on feasibility studies? Thinking about feasibility studies, they are intended to provide the pros and cons of undertaking a project. In this case (William J. Davis Community Center), we already have the funds allocated for the project and just have to make smart decisions spending it.
I'm often perplexed when governments begin to start hiring consultants because it projects a lack of effort and understanding our officials were elected to have. Committees developed for city projects, I'm sure, are chaired by good people with good intentions.
Unfortunately one year of experience repeated 20 times isn't 20 years of experience. I beg to question how many community centers or health facilities have most people been involved with? The answer shouldn't be a few!
The plan for the new aquatic facility is on par with many built around the country. What gives question is the actual community center. Is it feasible to build a $935,000 police facility and attach it to a public community center? I understand what the council is attempting to gain here, although likely not the grantor's intention.
Mount Carroll has a building available right next to City Hall (recently vacated Senior Center) that would make a perfect police station with a renovation far less than a million dollars. Even though not "trust money," let's use some of that BDD fund and give our officers a facility they can use.
Maybe one of the local hospitals would be interested in a joint venture for a possible sports rehab facility within the community center. Good Shepherd Health and Fitness is a great model to investigate and would reduce capital investment.
Another item included in the community center proposal is bleachers. Are we going to believe that our community center will be open to shoot hoops on a weekend during basketball season or with some idea to bring a 3 on 3 tournaments back during Mayfest?
It seems like there is an effort to pack every want into this project instead of basing the feasibility on what is needed to give our community a usable center.
There are plenty of residents with a plethora of experiences that may help in developing a strong plan moving forward. Maybe it costs the city some donuts and coffee. That makes more sense than $28,000!