Letter: Commissioners need to be challenged about park funding

To the editor:

I am asking all concerned Wright County residents to contact their county commissioner to tell them to stop further funding for the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park (BCLRP).
To date, half the park land has been purchased.  There would be no money wasted if we stopped this project now.
The land that has been purchased is contiguous and the county already operates a park on the property.  The only difference is it would be smaller and save the taxpayers of Wright County millions of dollars.
For those of you who live in Commissioner Borrell’s and Commissioner Potter’s district challenge them.  According to an interview done by the Annandale Advocate on February 6, 2013 both commissioners are in favor of the funding going forward.  However, both stated that had they been on the board when the project started they would have voted no.  If they didn’t agree with it then, why are they agreeing with it now?
For those of you who live in Commissioner Daleiden’s district challenge him.  He is in favor of the funding going forward.  According to the same article from the Annandale Advocate he feels the county hasn’t spent that much considering the overall price.  What Commissioner Daleiden has forgotten is that we are all residents of the state of Minnesota and we all have paid for the state’s part.  And is it right for someone living in Cass County to pay for a park in Wright County that they will never use?
For those of you who live in Commissioner Husom’s district challenge her.  One of her campaign issues taken from her literature: “Government is best served locally where officials are in touch with their neighbors.  We need to cut expenses and lower taxes to keep people in their homes and stimulate business growth.”  The BCLRP is not a local issue due to the fact that the state of Minnesota is the dominating contributor in this county issue.  Had state money not been available, I highly doubt this project would have even gone forward.  Another question for Commissioner Husom, isn’t this an excellent way to cut expenses and lower our taxes?  At this point in time buying more park land is not a need or a priority for the best use of our tax dollars.
For those of you who live in Commissioner Sawatzke’s district challenge him.  He was a commissioner when this project began and has voted in favor of each step of funding.
How much park land do we need in Wright County?  Are our current parks so overused and crowded that we need more park land?  All of us know the answer to this question.  The majority of our parks are used very little.  Is this the best use of our tax dollars in these tough economic times?
For more information on the BCLRP go to www.wrightcountywatch.org.  Get informed and contact your commissioner.

Terri Malachek
Corinna Township