Our view: City officials deserve credit for sports complex dealPublished 7:25am Thursday, November 14, 2013
It’s been a long time coming, but Niles is on the verge of getting a brand new sports complex.
The idea for building a multi-use recreational facility at the site of the former Tyler Refrigeration plant on Lake Street was first introduced to the public in February.
There was a lot of excitement for it, particularly from groups wanting use it for adult softball leagues.
We understand their enthusiasm as these leagues are gaining popularity and in need of space on which to conduct their games.
While we weren’t privy to negotiations between the city and Carrier Corp. (Tyler’s owner), comments made publically by city council members indicate that getting the deal done wasn’t easy.
There was concern by the council two weeks ago that Carrier had added stipulations to the agreement that could have jeopardized the entire project.
Carrier wanted the city to either keep a separate piece of property owned by Carrier on North 13th Street forever or indemnify the company of any contamination issues on the property.
Those stipulations disappeared between then and now.
Many council members took time Monday to praise City Administrator Ric Huff for driving the deal home.
It is sometimes easy to criticize public officials, but in this case they deserve to be commended for staying the course.
Whatever Ric did, we are glad he did it.
The city isn’t just getting rid of an eyesore, it’s getting a $400,000 sports complex for free, courtesy of Carrier, which should also be applauded.
The deal isn’t just a hit. It’s a walk-off home run.
Opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the editorial board consisting of Publisher Michael Caldwell and editors Craig Haupert, Ambrosia Neldon, Ted Yoakum and Scott Novak.