I did an interview with ever-quotable City Councilman-elect Mel Olson last week, which we published Saturday as a Q&A. One of the more interesting quotes from Olson was this one about the city’s proposed "community center":
"Well, I think this current idea of a community center that duplicates services we already have is a waste of taxpayer money. We already have an indoor pool at the Rec, we already have an exercise facility at the Rec, we already have gymnasiums at the Rec and the armory, there are already private firms that have exercise facilities. And so, to build a community center on the Wesleyan campus that is not the events center that people were talking about, I think that’s a waste of money.”
In case you hadn’t heard, "community center" is what the powers-that-be are now calling the newest arena proposal. The arena — and a wellness center and indoor pool — would be built jointly by the city, Avera Queen of Peace Health System and Dakota Wesleyan University. It would be located on the DWU campus, east of the Christen Family Wellness Center.
Prior to my interview with Olson (who takes office next month), I don’t believe I heard any public official say anything negative about the community-center idea.
What do you think of Olson’s take on the issue?