Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey gets warm reception at talk on $70 million Sportsplex

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$70M could be better spent ...

Have to say that a $5M outdoor sports complex would probably suffice while the rest, $65M, could very well build a high school and fund more police officers for our community. I just feel that education and public safety are more important for Hoover at this time.

mark newman 344 days ago

CART BEFORE THE HORSE

“CART BEFORE THE HORSE” IN HOOVER, ALABAMA

Schools get short shrift in Hoover, Alabama--to say the least!
The Hoover City Schools are running repeated budget deficits, need to add a new high school and a new elementary school, and are struggling to get the schools rezoned to satisfy and please the community and a Federal judge.
Yet, Gary Ivey, Mayor of Hoover, and the Hoover City Council just gave $70 million for “sports" and a measly and miserly $1.5 million for the schools.
Now, Gary Ivey is in the car business in Hoover and this is as if the Mayor and his cohorts are giving “sports” a super, shiny, brand-new. $80,000 sports utility vehicle, such as an Escalade, and the schools a sorry, shameful, worn-out. just plain ugly hooptie.
Time out! Will someone “throw a flag"!
In my high school teaching days, I provided an after school study hall. Sometimes, the head football coach would break away from the practice field to bring in a player, donned in uniform, helmet in hand, and ready to “hit". Coach would tell me that lessons were not being done, that this failure was unacceptable, and that ONLY when lessons were satisfactorily completed was the player to return for drills and practice. According to the coach at this school,
“School work first, then practice and football and SPORTS.
DON’T PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE!"
Consider for perspective:
Regions Field: $64 million,
New Charlotte AAA Park: $54 million,
Birmingham Crossplex: $47 million
In Hoover. we must ask:
~~Most “ bang for the buck”?
~~Right priorities?
~~Elected officials, honest, wise stewards of our tax dollars?
Please remember:
HOOVER VOTE, August 2016!!!

Dan Fulton 344 days ago

RV Park

What are the plans for the RV park? Will it be relocated or will it go away?

shane@gingrass.com 344 days ago

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