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Most agree: Majority of Boaz council supports hiring consulting firm for recreation concept

Majority of Boaz council supports hiring consulting firm for recreation concept

Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 4:31 pm | Updated: 6:03 pm, Fri Oct 5, 2012.

A majority of the Boaz City Council is supportive of Mayor Tim Walker’s proposal to hire a consulting firm to study the multimillion-dollar recreation concept he presented to the public.

Walker plans to request permission from the City Council to enter into a contract with The Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA) during a meeting Monday at 6 p.m. in the Boaz Senior Center. SFA is a recreation planning consultant in Clearwater, Fla., that will perform the in-depth research and determine the feasibility of building the recreation and aquatic complex on the Boaz Outlet Center property.

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  • OldSchooL posted at 12:01 am on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    OldSchooL Posts: 409

    concerned citizen lives in albertville. can't vote in boaz city elections. so why does he worry so much about what boaz builds and boaz going wet ?

  • OldSchooL posted at 8:25 am on Mon, Oct 8, 2012.

    OldSchooL Posts: 409

    yeah, and when they were first built some people predicted only a seven year run.

  • John Thompson posted at 7:33 am on Mon, Oct 8, 2012.

    John Thompson Posts: 405

    When Chalmus Weathers and Earl Hedgepath first conceived the idea for the outlets they knew that at best they were a 20 year cycle and they told everyone that at the time..
    They knew that after those twenty years we would have those empty buildings if we did not plan for alternative occupancies for them.
    When Mayor Walker took office, he was handed a dying old idea on life support.
    He did a good job with the cards that were dealt him.
    Mr. Weathers and Mr Hedgepath were both great men vision but they can only see so far down the road.

  • OldSchooL posted at 7:20 am on Mon, Oct 8, 2012.

    OldSchooL Posts: 409

    Concerned citizen, what direction do you suggest the mayor take in rebuilding the growth of boaz and bringing busineees back into the city of boaz ? nothing he attempts to do to improve the city seems to satisfy you and tom cryar, and he don't even live in boaz and he might not even live in the state of alabama. I just wonder if you even live in boaz ? 2nd sat night was'nt intended to fix boaz, you think a few antigue car's and 2 or 3 vendor's is going to bring any city great wealth and fix anything. The mayor was giving the people of boaz and surrounding areas something to do. I bet you play scrooge in the christmas play every year, don't you ?

  • Concerned Citizen posted at 6:03 am on Mon, Oct 8, 2012.

    Concerned Citizen Posts: 36

    @ John Thomson if you can remember the outlets started to go down hill during the mayors first term he done nothing to save them , he had bad ideas that fell through and done almost nothing for boaz growth , also we lost countless other businesses and the cotton mill . to say he done so much for boaz and its out there for anyone to see that boaz is a shell of a town .

    so tell me has 2nd saturday going to fix boaz? is a concept brought up by albertville last year that got shot down by mayor walker for damaging businesses in surrounding towns? when in fact health connections and other similar businesses would be hurt by this move? you can see how he is all about destroying one thing to attempt a idea that will not work and he has been doing it since day 1 of his career?

    the downfall of the outlets was the start and as i said before enjoy the continuing downfall when your tax dollars are wasted on projects that will continue to leave boaz " a shell of a town"

  • tomcryar posted at 9:21 pm on Sun, Oct 7, 2012.

    tomcryar Posts: 696

    I wonder if someone should look into the "relationship" between all those involved.

  • John Thompson posted at 6:54 pm on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    John Thompson Posts: 405

    Concerned Citizen, you said you guys voted for Walker so enjoy the downfall Boaz.
    Mayor Walker will begin his 4th term in November with 12 years of achievements on his resume.
    Is this downfall going to occur before or after the Mayans project end of the world?

  • Concerned Citizen posted at 5:56 pm on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    Concerned Citizen Posts: 36

    Those sounds a awful lot like mayor Lindsey's plan for a complex in albertville last year that boaz fumed would cause problems . One year later boaz mayor has the same idea ? I laugh at this it would not benefit anyone boaz already has several gyms and since the movie theater and bowling alley is already there why waste tax money chasing other towns ideas that you shot down then.

    There is already plans for the fashion outlets . I say keep the 25,000 and pay some other out of date act to sing on 4th of July . Or a tractor show or overdone car show on that 2nd Saturday which again sounds a lot like Gadsdens idea . Boaz needs originality and better ideas but you guys voted for walker so enjoy the downfall boaz

  • rapidrob posted at 9:52 am on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    rapidrob Posts: 13

    What about a Bass Pro Shop or Academy Sports and business will follow! That would put Boaz on the map again!

  • boaz resident posted at 12:45 am on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    boaz resident Posts: 53

    notice these words, also -- "Hiring the consultant would cost AT LEAST $25,000, officials said."

  • boaz resident posted at 12:40 am on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    boaz resident Posts: 53

    The "firm" would never say no. In fact, what the "firm" will do, is suggest an even bigger plan, with clowns and circus tents and cotton candy and stuff....really dazzle the listeners into thinking this is an even greater plan than they originally thought. They will spend more money they don't have, so there will be a bigger debt, and the costs of membership just might rise before it opens. I could be wrong. I still agree it's a start and this place definitely needs something....just not sure this is the start it least not all at once...far as the "firm" goes, mark my words, they will at the very least try to talk you into more, and if you agree, then they will give the final bill that will be much more than they originally estimated to you.

  • HogWash posted at 11:13 pm on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

    HogWash Posts: 154

    Like a firm is gonna say No lol, give me break. I don't see how people think a pool is going to bring restaurants and more business. 3-4 calls a day just asking about the outlett property....can't see that neither. So what happen to the old mill property he wanted to out the window now or does he want to do both.

  • garbob48 posted at 6:49 pm on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

    garbob48 Posts: 15

    What happens if the consulting firm says no? Will the city council and the mayor let this thing die? If they want a new rec center, build a comunity rec center, but stop with the prep rally already.