Saturday, May 09, 2009

I'd rather have a police officer

The City of Toledo issued the following press release:

Friday, May 8, 2009

Division of Recreation Sponsors Pitch, Hit & Run Competition

On Saturday, May 9 at Bennett Park (Bennett & Laskey), the City of Toledo Division of Recreation will sponsor Aquafina's Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run youth baseball competition. Beginning at 1 p.m., this national competition -- open to boys and girls ages 14 and under -- gives young athletes the chance to showcase their pitching, hitting, and running abilities. All participants will have a chance to win a trip to the 2009 All-Star Game and be part of the Pitch, Hit & Run national competition. Pre-registration is available at Freedom Enterprises Sports Cards & Collectibles (444 W. Laskey Road, Unit O) from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. or at the City of Toledo Athletic Office (2201 Ottawa Parkway) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Onsite registration is also available. Proof of age and parental release must be completed prior to competition. No cleats are permitted.

For more information, contact Sherrie Shipman in the Division of Recreation at 419-936-2700.

Despite claims that the city had cut everything they possible could out of the budget, there is still funding for this type of 'recreation.' Even if the major costs of this competition are being covered by donations from private entities, city of Toledo resources and staff are being utilized for the program.

But we laid off police officers!

Can you say 'stuck on stupid'?


navyvet said...

I am very concerned that with "Fund 98"...they are stuck on something worse and alarming than stupid.....

Parks, recreation, weeds, are more important than Police?? Hello??

They must be brain dead on their best day....and so out of touch.

Cynical Counsel said...

As I was driving down Kenwood today I noticed the medians were not mowed. Now I understand that in times of economic strife, some things don't get done as quickly, some not at all.

I started to think it would be nice if residents took the initiative to mow the medians in their area, but then realize the City would probably prevent that for liability and contract violation reasons.

It did strike a thought. Could the City contract out all parks and recreation, mowing, planting, grass and grounds maintence duties, save money, and create private sector employment?

Would contracting the work, where the contractor paid the overhead, taxes, and did the job at a competitive bid rate, save the city money? Probably.

Now yes, the City would have to lay off those workers who now do the work, but those workers could find jobs in the private sector at the companies contracting for the work. Truthfully, they would most likely not get the golden healthcare they get now for free, inflated retirment contrabutions from the city, and perhaps a lower wage, BUT, times are tough.


Maggie said...

TAHL - I, too, noticed that a park where a little league plays baseball had the area around the actual diamond mowed, but not the rest of the park. I couldn't help but wonder what kids did before government was there to provide them with a mowed area to play baseball.

Perhaps the reason parents don't take it upon themselves to these sorts of things for the kids is because they already pay taxes to have it done by the government employees?

Of course, being an attorney, you'd think about the liability issue, but there may be more to it than that....

toledo1 said...

We just cut the grass ourselves at the diamonds. We also plant flowers in our park to make it look nicer. I am pretty sure there aren't enough officers right now to stop and ticket us for our anarchy :)

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