Letter to the editor: Protesting last-minute closure of city buildings, programs


I am writing this letter as a protest to the last-minute closure of the Frances Anderson Center and the Meadowdale Club House. This hasty, over-the-top reaction to the COVID pandemic, in my opinion, was not well analyzed by either the mayor or the city council.  I’m wondering how much of the general public accesses any of the city buildings (except for Parks and Rec) in a given day. Certainly not enough to warrant total closure.

As to the Frances Anderson Center and Meadowdale Club House, what is the rationale for abruptly shutting down all those programs just days before their schedule begins. I can’t imagine how much chaos this has caused the staff of Parks and Rec, trying to refund registration for all the people who have signed up for activities and classes. And why is this necessary, since proof of vaccination and masks are required for attendance. This appears to be some type of “knee-jerk” reaction that has resulted in scores of people having to reorganize their lives and the lives of children at the last minute.

This is not good city government, in my opinion!

Marjorie Hampton

  1. I say had we behaved as adults to begin with we wouldn’t be in this situation now. But we didn’t we acted as if oh well…We literally had this area full constantly. So now we pay the price, like bad children do…When we are ready to grow up we will get all our toys back… I am a big believer in deterrents. It appears keeping you all out, that do not listen to even the HEALTH districts who have begged you, literally, to not do these things, you don’t listen. Well now you are listening and ya know what its gonna get worse in the next days thru at least Oct. So… Sorry but this is my response too late to cry over spilled milk, folks. I do not intend to be mean here. These are the honest facts. I don’t like it either.

  2. I agree that this decision seems to be extreme given the other spaces that are safely staying open all around our community. The only thing I can think of to justify this, given the amount of traffic these spaces get, is that perhaps it protects the employees from having to confront visitors who are out of compliance? We keep seeing headlines and videos of people harassing and threatening city and school employees and officials and refusing to follow posted rules… i just can’t imagine putting our FAC staff in that position unless we want to post a full time law enforcement staffer on-site to manage that.

    Otherwise, I totally agree this does not seem necessary as long as visitors follow the safety measures/ layers of protection like masking and distancing and handwashing and ventilation.

    Extra bummer because it is about to get cold and wet outside so families are about to lose a lot of spaces to provide enrichment activities for their kiddos. Recreation is vital to community and public health, too. But for sure I would be scared to be the gatekeeper of compliance in that building when we see angry mobs attacking people over this stuff.

    There just is no winning right now. Teachers, government, parents… everything we do is a trade-off of some other way to screw things up.

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