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Clock Ticking on Fieldhouse Design

Jeff Garretson - February 9, 2016 12:08 pm

Salina City Manager Jason Gage says getting the design finalized for Fieldhouse Salina is a key stepping stone in making the project a reality.

Gage joined in on the KSAL Morning News Tuesday with a look at some of the challenges the upscale recreation center is facing.

On Monday, Salina City Commissioners voted 5-0 to table a measure that would have approved an increase of up to $9.5 million for its share of the multi-use facility that will boast indoor turf areas plus basketball and volleyball courts.

Commissioners will revisit the increase at a special public meeting set for Tuesday, February 16th at 8:30am.

“Right now our real focus is to finalize the design, get the best design for the money that get’s us a tournament first facility,” Gage said.

“We’ve got to get in gear there, we’re running out of design time.”

Gage added that peeling away some features on the proposed facility like a mezzanine and an enhanced front facade could cut the cost estimate by $1.8 million alone.

Bids to begin construction could be finalized by mid April, if commissioners press ahead with a super majority vote of at least 4-1 at the February 16th meeting.

That charter ordinance vote would also initiate a 60-day period for the public to comment and petition.

In 2015 the city agreed to contribute up to $4.5 million to the project, with supporters raising private funds for the rest. The project was initially expected to cost $9 million total. But that total was based on 2013 estimates.


Brad Cooper

February 9, 2016 at 1:25 pm

“WERE RUNNING OUT OF TIME” The cost may triple by then! Let the scare tactics and hurry ups begin. Just start building, damn the taxpayers.

Warren Fair

February 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Brad I hope you are being sarcastic.

Warren Fair

February 9, 2016 at 2:31 pm

I think Jason Gage needs to look at what the majority of the people of Salina want. If he doesn’t do that he needs to be removed.

Brent Williams

February 9, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Why will Gage not name the supporters who are paying half? Another question why are the supporters and Richardson not paying half of all the water main and sewer costs? Gage is trying to push this through before petitions can be drawn up. Gage has lost sight of who pays his wages. If he thinks these so called supporters will put him on their payroll permanently then he should resign. Second through he needs to be replaced as he does not have the taxpayers best interest on many matters any longer.

Stan Clemons

February 9, 2016 at 11:24 pm

Wake up commissioners you have now made taxpayers angry the same that elected you to office. The clock is ticking for some of you. First you need to investigate and replace Gage. He has become a dictator and not doing anything may cost you your seat on the commission. Next you need to put the field house and the tax increase on the next election ballot. You are wanting to play games on these issues by doing a mail vote on the tax increase issue demanding that you be the ones to count the votes. Now you are pushing to have this gym built when 90% of the taxpayers do not want either. Are you people smoking something or what. We taxpayers saw and had our pocket books picked when the school district pulled this and had all their employees vote for it or lose their jobs due to cuts if it did not pass. Fool us once but not twice. Keep this up and the population will drop and you can have all the fancy gyms you want. Further the last hotel built downtown folded as will any others built down there gym or no gym. The wages in this area are bad but you are not going after any companies that pay well. The day is coming soon when little old Mcpherson will be bigger and better than Salina. The writing is on the wall.

Kelly Grace

February 10, 2016 at 4:59 pm

“Right now our real focus is to finalize the design, get the best design for the money that get’s us a tournament first facility,” Gage said. Maybe Jason can explain in this sentence who, OUR and US is while he is quoted? Is he referring to him, and his investors, or? This Field House of Dreams needs to be completely transparent. Who are the investors, corporations, power players, who started this project from the beginning, to current. The commissioners need to do their job of due diligence, and show this information with all capital that has been raised and by whom, and explain along with Jason Gage why the City of Salina tax payers must fund private investors Field House of Dreams at their next meeting. Let’s be completely clear and transparent. “We’ve got to get in gear there, we’re running out of design time.” Boy I wish Jason would get this energetic and recruit outside corporations and except the ones that wanted to come here that would of supplied good paying jobs, but he and the good ol boys club refused, shut them down You are very bold and gutsy trying to ram this through quickly for yourself and investors. The last survey I seen the majority had spoken, with a loud clear NO. If you push for a vote, do not waste thousands of dollars on a mail in vote that would be a terrible waste of tax payers’ dollars. Have you noticed Jason that Salina, is nothing but dried up, ridden with crime, for most do not have jobs, theft is rising, people can’t pay the outrageous rent or buy groceries due to high cost. There has to be checks and balance. You have had way too much time to fix the problems I think it’s time you are held accountable, Salina is getting worse year by year. Maybe when Salina has a very low unemployment rate, and 90% of the working population is making more than $7.25 per hour, then maybe you can try to pull off your Field House of Dreams, and make the tax payers carry the burden, but until then it should stay just a dream. I would not be surprised if Salina, is not another Crystal City, TX. If you don’t know about Crystal City, TX, just google and look at the corruption going on there.

Stan Clemons

February 10, 2016 at 11:52 pm

Crystal City, TX the place all but one city official was arrested for various crimes. Makes one wonder why Gage is not naming names of those so called supporters but yet wants the tax payers to pay over 4 million at this point plus all the expense that has been spent close to 3/4 of a million to redo the water main and sewer systems for this project. You see people our corrupt government has already made this a done deal otherwise why spend that type of money for no reason. Gage is definitely not doing his job. Do not know the guy who is the new police chief seems you very seldom see him but the drug and crime rate has risen since he took over and he was Gage’s pick. All the commissioners want is their river project other then that they could care less. TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE SALINA.

Larry Larson

February 11, 2016 at 9:20 am

Jason Gage needs to go. This city direly needs a change in management and leadership!

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