City Manager Polizzotto recently stated "we don't actively pursue grants to the extent we can."
I couldn't agree more. Here's proof. This past month, the Legislature approved millions of dollars for parks projects, including $10 million in a new program specifically to improve existing athletic fields. These grant programs were perfect for the Jackson HS soccer fields project.
A total of $750,000 could have been obtained through these grant programs. Enough to fund a majority of the project's costs.
All that was needed was for our Mayor to recognize the importance of reopening dialogue with the Everett School District. This partnership was critical for any grant submission. Now the next opportunity is two years out.
It has been proven there is a huge need for additional athletic fields in our area. Grants require relationships and commitment. Monies are available if there is leadership.
If I am elected to the Council, I will make sure these grant opportunities are not wasted. Our youth deserve these fields and State grants could fund most of the costs.
Lynn D. Sordel
Candidate for City Council Position 5