Editor, The Courier:

I have carefully read the articles in your Friday and Saturday editions about the desire of 4-H to build on city parkland. The articles refer to an “agreement,” but no one on the city’s side will admit to negotiating such an instrument. Therefore, it is NOT an “agreement,” but simply a very self-serving proposal by the 4-H people to try to take park land away from the rest of us. As such, the City Council has the right, and hopefully the wisdom, to refuse to consider the proposal.

A permanent building the size of a football field would not be an improvement to our park land. It would be an eyesore. Taxpayers may or may not end up with some of the bill for the building itself, but the proposal would have us pay for the roads and parking. We have enough roads in town that need our money without adding more for a special-interest group.

The 4-H Expo belongs at the county fair grounds. I’ve lived in many places in my life, and all of them have had a combined 4-H and county fair. If 4-H cannot get along with the county fair officials, why should we think they could get along with the officials of the City of Ottumwa? Any council member who votes for this proposal should be voted out of office at the next election.

 Dick Palmer

Ottumwa

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