3/5/2014 8:16:00 AM Letter: Petition to put removal of tennis courts to vote
To the Editor:
A group of concerned Harbor Springs residents are starting to collect signatures on a Referendum Petition to compel the Harbor Springs City Council to put the issue of the removing of the downtown public tennis courts on the ballot, so that all the voters of Harbor Springs can express their feelings on the issue.
Some of the reasons for taking this action are as follows.
1. We feel that the tennis courts belong to the residents of Harbor Springs, and were put there for their use at no charge, so we feel that all the residents of the city should have their say concerning the issue of removing the courts.
2. No public hearing was ever held on the removing of the tennis courts.
3. The downtown public tennis courts are used as auxiliary courts during the Spring and Fall by the High School tennis teams to accommodate all the matches in the daylight time available. If the courts are removed they will not have any courts to help with the overflow of matches. the Harbor Springs Tennis Teams are run as a no cut program so everyone plays a match at meets either Varsity or JV.
4. If the downtown public tennis courts are to be removed the replacement courts should be built first.
5. We feel that a lot of decisions concerning the downtown waterfront area are being made behind the scenes by people who are not residents of the City of
Harbor Springs and these decisions are not always in the best interest of the residents of the City.
If anyone is interested in helping with this undertaking or if you would just like to sign the petition please call Bill Horwath 526-2489.
Bill Horwath,Harbor Springs
Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014
Article comment by:
The petition was presented to me today and after a brief discussion with the canvasser I was convinced that signing it was the right thing to do. I question the location of said courts and strongly agree that better use of the property can be attained however the mere suggestion of their relocation is not grounds to undertake the revocation of their current use. If the city maintains its stance on relocating said courts than a plan most certainly should be put into action prior to any other action. That is of course unless this is just another power grab up for the highest influence of our community. I wonder whose rights might be being infringed upon if said property is reassigned for a use other than tennis. As far as I am concerned there are much bigger fish to fry when it comes to the actions of our city planners and politicians. Frankly I donít have any interest in tennis at all but I do have a problem with moving forward on local issues without due process. Seems like there is a lot of that going on around here!