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Letter: Citizens of Seaside beware!

Published on September 14, 2018 10:42AM

The board of directors of the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District is seeking to raise your taxes significantly through a ballot measure to fund an aquatic center addition this fall. Please vote it down. Let me tell you why. I use your pool at least three times per week and I have been doing so for the past six years.

The aquatic center used to be well managed until the arrival of Skyler Archibald two years ago. Archibald’s only experience was managing intramural sports teams for a local college. He had no preparation for the job he is in and has shown no desire to learn it in the two years he has been here. Your SEPRD board seems to have no clue. None of them use the aquatic center. Please vote out any SEPRD incumbent seeking re-election. They continue to reward Archibald for doing a lousy job.

Archibald destroyed a beautiful men’s locker room last year that had six shower heads and a great design. Now we have four shower heads and an incredibly poorly designed locker room with black mold growing on the floor of the shower stall. The flooring installed last year failed to adhere. As a result we have a concrete floor that is difficult to clean at best. Stop by and take a look.

As recently as two weeks ago, patrons were turned away from the pool as no lifeguards were available. Apparently, not enough people are willing to work there. This should tell you about Archibald’s management ability as well as that of the board of directors.

The pool surrounds are now always filthy. They used to always shine!

Have you ever considered attending a board meeting? They make it almost impossible for most folks to attend by having them at 5:15 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. If they really wanted citizen participation, these meetings would be held at 7 p.m. to allow those with families to attend. They clearly do not want citizen involvement. This is just another good reason to vote against the ballot measure as well as board members.

Please, wait for a competent, involved board of directors that will not tolerate the obvious incompetence of their current Executive Director.

John C. Huismann

Cannon Beach


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