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Where was everyone before?

August 5, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the Editor,

As a Park Board member I want to respond to the editorials of Sunday, July 29, 2012, and to the calls and emails I am receiving regarding the demolition of Marland Heights Pool.

For your information, I was unable to attend the July 18, 2012 meeting and therefore I did not vote on this action.

Talk is cheap. As a matter of fact it's free! As it's been stated numerous times over the past year, the price to restore and reopen the pool is costly, and figures publicly released recently put it at well over a million dollars.

Being an historic landmark has not brought any funds with it. If anything, it actually adds restrictions for upgrades since modifications and restorations must follow stringent guidelines that again, are costly.

I have no knowledge of any construction companies offering their services to renovate or update this facility.

Over 200 people are voicing their dismay and disgust via Facebook. Had these 200 plus individuals shown face and attended the many meetings we've invited the public to we might be having a very different conversation.

I, and my fellow board members, have made themselves available for anyone who had an opinion, idea or comment about the pool and its future. I remain open to an 11th hour appeal that comes with a realistic solution, and I am sure the board would also be attentive, but at this point, money talks.

Now as a Marland Heights resident I want to respond As a person who grew up on Marland Heights and spent most of my summer days at the pool, I am attached to what it was, like everyone else my age and older.

The memories housed in that building can never be demolished.

Deb Witkowski


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