We think it is with a sigh of relief that people are hearing that the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Museum proposal will finally have a public forum at the town board meeting of Feb. 24, as the agreement for the town to lease Firemen's Field to the Theodore Roosevelt Association is on the table.
When the first meeting was held at Christ Church - in our opinion the public was cut off at the knees without an opportunity to ask the many questions on their minds. The TRA closed shop as far as the public was concerned and sent the Theodore Roosevelt Museum Citizens Advisory Team out to deal with the public.
Attending meetings it has become apparent that we are all feeding at the same trough - sharing information without getting quality information from the Theodore Roosevelt Association.
Hopefully that will begin to change on Feb. 24.
One of the issues surrounding the proposal is the public's lack of knowledge about the governmental processes, but it also highlights the fact that the public has a lot of questions it wants answered.
It's never been an issue related to wanting or not wanting something - it's always been an issue of can we take it. After all the battles the community has had to preserve the quality of life here which makes others want to come in and develop the area it is time we get to see what the exact parameters exist for the proposed museum. It will take about two years before we come to the table again, but at least this time there will be facts to deal with. - DFK