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Note of Thanks


January 20, 2017

Just a note to thank the majority of our city commissioners who did not give up on our city golf course.

In reference to Diana C. Mesch’s letter in the January 6th TALON, yes, lean and hungry years are upon us, as has been the pattern since she and I were kids growing up in this unique little community. Good times and bad times are a part of the economic cycle, and fortunately there seems to b e a tiny light at the end of this dark tunnel. I hear and see evidence that the oil and gas industry is rebounding a bit. (Just read that Halliburton is hiring all over the country!)

As we and our children grew up, there were decent parks and the swimming pool to provide a place to play. A new pool just wasn’t feasible, but the city came through with a great splash park, and some of the best park facilities in the county. My grandchildren use them all the time, as do hundreds of others. These parks each average $72,000 per year to maintain.

Our golf course adds another affordable resource for the county, and is used by the schools and residents from young to 80+. My 88 year old father-in-law uses it several times a week and I plan to sign up my seven year old grandson for Pat Swope’s First Tee Golf Clinic this summer. It’s truly a sport that can be used for a lifetime. Many organizations like Boys and Girls Club use this facility for fund raising.

The cost of this resource is an average of about $45,000 per year. I know it’s been said before, the quality of life in Aztec is important and now better than ever, and we need to keep moving forward.

Suzanne Russell, Aztec


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