Stadium Field and Winter Weather Costs

By: Roger Sheppard
By: Roger Sheppard

Two topics for this week's editorial. And they both deal with money.

Two topics for this week's editorial.

And they both deal with money.

First, the decision by the Wood County Board of Education to pay off the debt on the renovation of the Stadium at Parkersburg High School.

The board will now hope the tooth fairy re-pays it that $455,000 because the Stadium Committee and the Big Red Boosters organization probably won't be able to.

It was heartening to hear that the board has agreed to spend up to $8,000 for an audit of the runaway project.

But I was disheartened to hear that Board President Tim Yeater blamed those two groups for the cost over-runs.

What about the Board? What about the Central Office? What about the engineering firm?

My advice to President Yeater is to wait and assign blame AFTER the audit is complete….and make sure it IS a full and complete audit.

Second is that I don’t envy anyone in charge of a city, county or state budget, who will have to cope with the aftermath of all of our recent bad weather.

Road repairs are going to be costly and extensive when the weather breaks.

The very methods that are used to help make the roads passable and safe in snowy weather, also help destroy road surfaces.

It’s not just the freezing and thawing.  It’s the salt and other products used to clear the roads.

I know the potholes are bad and some roads are nearly impassable.

But I hope everyone will give the mayors and county commissions some slack.

It has been a really bad winter….and it’s not over yet!

The bad thing is that projects that cities and counties might like to spend money on this year, may not be possible because so much money will have to be spent on road repair.

Y’know, if everyone just stayed home and didn’t go to work or school when the weather was bad, we could let the roads clear on their own and not worry about it.

Unfortunately, that’s not possible.

That’s this week’s editorial.

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