Tuesday, April 15, 2008

District shows no regard for the community.

The Moving of the Athletic Fields is bad public policy. The best way to expose it is through good research and documentation. The Save Our Fields Committee has done just that.

Rebuttal Evidence Points:
• The District’s relocation initiative has been a closed process without collaboration.

• The District is not legislatively empowered to be a sole Community Recreation Provider.

• The District has failed to clearly identify the Lynnwood Athletic Complex as a separate and independent Project.

• The District has expended funds inappropriately from the February 2006 Capital Bond Levy for a new Lynnwood High School by using monies for a community athletic complex.

• The District has selected a low density and isolated residential area to locate a large community athletic complex.

• The District has failed to provide an environmental impact statement related to the relocation of the Lynnwood Athletic Complex as required by “Manual 7 Policy”.

• The District has not submitted any agreements with the local parks community, (City of Lynnwood, Mill Creek, or Snohomish County) for operations and cost sharing of the new athletic fields.

• The District has failed to notify the surrounding residents of the impacts relating to the current heavy use of the athletic complex (estimated to be greater than 2000 non-school games per year).

• The District has failed to show how the current location, operation and use of the Lynnwood Athletic Complex would have equal or better provision in the new location.

• The District has failed to look at viable alternatives for the Regional Athletic Complex such as to continue to allow the use of the existing complex by the City of Lynnwood.

• The District has failed to provide adequate documentation in their application for conversion that meets the minimum requirements of the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). (Policies required for conversion)

• The new site will no longer allow the connection to the Interurban Trail System that extends from South Everett to the Snohomish-King County line.

• There is no demonstrated reconciliation of the contractual rights of the City of Lynnwood (nor Snohomish County) under the 1980, 1994, and the 1996 agreements. (exhibits 23, 71, 72, 73, and 74) The City contributed the $344,000 of matching funds in 1980, and an additional $150,000 in 1996. Snohomish County Contributed $211,000 in 1996. These agreements are in effect until 2019. They require the City of Lynnwood and Snohomish County’s approvals to vacate their rights and responsibilities.

• Relocation of Athletic complex is in conflict with Lynnwood’s “Healthy Community Initiative” as well as the “Vision, Mission and Core Values” for Parks. (exhibit 29).

• The ‘Conversion” is in conflict with the intent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965. Funds were intended to encourage the healthy activities of the citizens. The citizens of Lynnwood would “lose” in the conversion process. (See exhibit 23).

• City of Lynnwood Council is concerned over the proposal, see Seattle Times article by Lynn Thompson. (exhibit 36)

• The Snohomish County Planning staff was confused over the scope of the Project. They understood that the athletic fields were only for "interscholastic" uses. (exhibit 11).

• Relocation of the Lynnwood Athletic Complex was not discussed at the Conditional Use Plan (CUP) hearing on June 27, 2006. (exhibit 16).

If you want the entire 19 page WORD document - just email Mark Laurence.

Editorial: Thank you to another anonymous contributor.


Anonymous said...

As a teacher I would say that Save Our Fields has earned an A+ on this piece of homework. Assuming all their information is true, it would seem that the school district is in trouble!

Anonymous said...

"Miss Brooks"
I have had an opportunity to see their presentation. The 70 some supporting documents are very very impressive!

Even the District's use of expensise Seattle Lawyers will struggle with this one!

Congratulations (ahead of time) to those "Citizens to Save Our Fields"