Chamber throws support behind bond issues passage

By Traci Chapman
Published on January 31, 2008

Proposed Czech Hall Road improvements and a new baseball complex found a booster in the Mustang Chamber of Commerce after the group’s board of directors passed a resolution supporting both general bond issues late last week.

Chamber President Chad Fulton said the resolution signals the board’s “unanimous support” for both issues, which will be decided in an April 1 election.

“All nine members of the board approved the resolution,” he said. “We believe the ball fields, as well as Czech Hall Road repairs, are necessary to improve the community, our businesses and home values.”

The first proposal is for a $5 million “total rebuild” of two miles of Czech Hall Road, split into two one-mile sections between SW 59th Street and state Highway 152 and south from state Highway 152 to SW 89th Street. The proposal also includes the addition of a turn lane into Mustang Centennial Elementary and improvements to drainage ditches.

The second bond proposal is for a $2.9 million baseball complex. The current facilities have been described as “an embarrassment” and a safety issue for players and their families by city officials, coaches and other residents.

The proposals will be presented to voters as two separate issues.

Fulton said the resolution reiterates the chamber’s role in the community to cultivate, support and promote economic opportunity and community enrichment.

“People move to Mustang because of the quality of life,” he said. “Both of these things go directly to that issue — they will help all of us.”

The resolution states in part, “Czech Hall Road is a dangerous and inferior road that does not provide an avenue of safe transportation for families and commerce, and the current ball park lies in the path of the sewer plant that threatens the safety and health of our children.”

Ward 1 Councilman Jay Adams said the resolution would help the “forward progress of the movement to get both bond issues passed.” Adams has been a leader in the effort to inform voters about both proposals and their benefit to the community.

“It’s good the business leaders of the community recognize how important these two issues are to all of us,” he said. “Their support helps people realize how passing these bonds can benefit all residents.”

Fulton said the board’s message is clear. “We believe in these proposals, and we urge residents to vote ‘yes’ on April 1.”

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