I was dismayed to read that the town's swimming pool
is dead, and its burial is going to cost the town
$4,180. (Does it really cost that much to fill a hole
It's also disheartening to read that the
old high school will probably be demolished as well.
Grantsville is well on its way to becoming a ghost
town, sad to say.
The wonderful memories I have of my youth, growing up
in Grantsville, cause the sadness I feel at the demise
of what were two cornerstones of our community.
the school year, we students kept the town abuzz with
the many extra-curricular activities we enjoyed and
Although building a new high school
was necessary, removing it from Grantsville was a huge
mistake - the town seemingly lost its spirit when
these youthful activities were removed to a rural area
of the county.
And now, the pool is going. What on earth are the
youth of the county going to do with the long summer
days? What do they have to look forward to? Swimming
in a polluted river? With their parents having to
travel out of the county for work, I imagine there
will be much more opportunity to get themselves into
trouble! That is where boredom and inactivity leads.
It's a shame that private individuals do not come
forward to help the town finance the repair and
maintenance of the swimming pool.
I imagine their
donations would be tax deductible. I know that
Calhoun County is one of the poorest counties in the
United States, but I also know there are citizens of
Calhoun County who have made fortunes in oil-and-gas
production, real estate, law, manufacturing, and
They'll jump at the chance to help the town
and county as long as it benefits them, but to
contribute funds to help the people of the county . . .
I guess if it doesn't increase the "bottom line,"
it's not worth the trouble. Ironic isn't it that the
swimming pool came into being with the generosity of
private individuals who wanted to provide a wonderful
way for the community to spend summer days; and its
demise is going to be sealed by private individuals
who could very easily exhibit the same community
spirit as their grand-parents.
Another question I have to ask . . . if Grantsville
cannot afford to repair and maintain the swimming
pool, how in heaven's name can it afford to spend
$270,000 on a town hall?
The $270,000 town hall is proposed to be built on a lot that was claimed to be worth $160,000. That means the town hall would be valued at $430,000.
Calhoun County has
given the town space to operate practically free in
the old jail building. For a town the size of
Grantsville (population approximately 500), is a new
building really necessary?
I just cannot see where
the town is doing what is best for the community but I
live far away . . . perhaps someone "in the know" can
enlighten me and the community, and justify the loss
of the pool and the need to spend that kind of money for an unnecessary new town hall.
Someone needs to take a look at the big picture.
you begin dismantling institutions that make a
community, you will also dismantle the community
itself. All one has to do is look at the steadily
decreasing student population in the county's schools.
Families are leaving the county in droves, removing
the tax base that the county needs to survive and most
importantly, removing the "future" of the county
itself. Someone, please, step up and show that the
welfare of the community DOES matter!
Robin (Beecher) Goodwin