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Veterans meet with city on parks fee

Rule stands, but donors step up to pay the fee

July 17, 2013

The rift between the veterans of Warren County and the City of Warren has closed somewhat....

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writer10

Jul-17-13 2:19 AM

That's one way to unload a park. I would Imagine that the veterans could really turn that space into something spectacular if the city does indeed hand it over to them.

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MTOMTO

Jul-17-13 8:23 AM

"deed won't come without a price....nothing will just be handed over."

First price will be property taxes, that's a main reason they want to unload the parks. At least this way, one park will remain a "green space".

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Jimmy1

Jul-17-13 9:30 AM

Again it is all about the money for the city. If the city can't see the principle we have a problem!

But money is not the problem, according to the veterans.

"It's never been about the money," Burris said. "It's the principle."

"The principle seems to come back to the money," Xxxxx said. "What's the principle?"

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Jimmy1

Jul-17-13 9:31 AM

Again it is all about the money for the city. If the city can't see the principle we have a problem!

But money is not the problem, according to the veterans.

"It's never been about the money," Burris said. "It's the principle."

"The principle seems to come back to the money," Xxxxx said. "What's the principle?"

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dubedit

Jul-17-13 10:33 AM

"Equal" does not mean "fair."

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JLEWIS

Jul-17-13 10:52 AM

You know, it never fails to amaze me how some people will pick and gnaw at one point in an article, without reading it through, to bring up an issue to divide people. Especially those people who criticize yet never show up at a meeting. Yesterday’s meeting was public; the City will consider deeding over the Gen Jos. Warren Park to the Veteran’s Organization – which is exempt from taxes – and the Veteran’s group will consider making a Veteran’s Memorial of it: a benefit for all and the generations to come. More discussions will continue but all the principles were addressed and settled during the meeting. It’s too bad you critics weren’t there…. and I don’t hide behind a pseudonym; I sign my name: John Lewis, councilman, veteran, and proud of both.

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Jimmy1

Jul-17-13 11:43 AM

Why not just admit a mistake was made and do what is right and what the majority of the people want not what the city wants that being the almighty dollar? Wrong is wrong! And charging the vets is wrong! They have more than paid already with life and limb. Most will agree with me. Some can't admit their mistake.

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garypayton

Jul-17-13 11:59 AM

I'd like to know what's going on behind closed doors while we are being force-fed a non-issue like park use and fees. Get ready for some big news to come out after the fact while you all have been debating veteran's rights to public property. Like I said, this is a NON-issue.

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st0newa11

Jul-17-13 12:16 PM

"The payment does not fill city coffers, City Manager Nancy Freenock said, adding that it covers the cost of officials' time working on the necessary considerations for the park use." I thought the "officials" were public employees, already being paid by my tax dollars. Must they work overtime to conduct these "necessary considerations"? Sounds fishy to me.

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archaeo1

Jul-17-13 12:57 PM

Thanks John, Your right people just take off with an opinion with out using all the facts . Kinda like the news media.They paid for electric and the maintenance of the park and admit 100$ is cheaper. Its the principle ? Werent they going to meet as usual on the court house steps at no charge but thought they would stir the pot? If it costs less or even if there is a charge who cares ?.Lets not all be so thin skinned . P.S. Thank you for your service! That should never be overlooked and I don't think it Was or is.

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MTOMTO

Jul-17-13 4:33 PM

I apologize for my ignorance on the Veterans' tax status, however, it has been reported that the council has been looking into divesting parks to get them back on the tax rolls and reduce maintenance costs, therefore economically motivated.

I guess I shouldn't be so suspicious of a governing body that aided in bringing us the Streetscape fiasco, should I?

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winans

Jul-17-13 5:40 PM

This is just another way of telling all those who have served, given their lives, or the lives of their friends and families, that they are looked at as nothing more than a future burden on the City, County, and State. This falls right in with Obama's plans on cutting benefits, pay, and housing for Soldiers and Veterans. It makes me sick to even hear that the city even allowed the Veterans to pay the elecric bill in the first place. If not for those very Veterans, there would be no Warren, no Pennsylvania, and most of all, no United States of America, plain and simple! Attending a meeting does little if any good. They have their minds made up way before it ever comes to light in a meeting that is open to the public. Some communities give so much to their Veterans they they actually fund different things FOR the community like Civil Air Patrol, Boy, Cub, and Girl Scouts, and other things to show their thanks for all of the support and financial backing they get.

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Jimmy1

Jul-17-13 5:43 PM

I couldn't agree more mr Winans. Sure makes one proud to be part of Warren doesn't it?

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