Gering council rejects RFP for sports complex study
The Gering city council Monday night rejected approving a modified request for proposals for a feasibility study on a proposed regional sports complex.
Only council members Larry Gibbs and Rebecca Shields voted for moving the RFP forward, Gibbs maintaining the city needed a "so-called expert" to determine what was feasible for the city to do in terms of additional recreational facilities. But other council members, including Don Christensen , said the RFP was too broad in scope and more discussion was needed on whether a new library, recreational facilities, or other projects should be the priority.
Mayor Ed Mayo contended a study was needed so the city knew what was feasible if legislation passed in the next session that would allow use of state sales tax dollars collected in Gering to be used toward funding a sports complex. Council member Dan Smith said many people he talked to wondered whether why the city was talking about spending millions of dollars on a sports complex instead of essential services.
In the end the council decided to place the issue on the agenda of their next planning meeting July 30th, where they will discuss what their priorities are in terms of capital improvements.
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