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February 19, 2009 - Rob Weaver
A Seneca County commissioner has proposed using $4 million in federal stimulus spending to fund construction of a juvenile detention center to replace the aging Seneca County Youth Center.
Also, $11 million is being requested to either renovate or replace the 1884 courthouse.
I'll use this space to suggest combining these ideas ... and seeking stimulus funds to renovate the original Columbian High School into a juvenile detention center.
Keep in mind, the old high school was built in 1892, 400 years after Christopher Columbus' landing in Hispaniola. I've been told that's no coincidence; the old building's architectural significance lies in its design, which reflects that of buildings at the 1892 World's Columbian Fair in Chicago.
Plus, the building has a history of keeping kids out of trouble. During the years I spent in the old place, I managed to behave (for the most part, anyway) and so did most of my classmates.
But I'm sure readers of this Web log have suggestions on how to spend part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds. Please click on the link below and add your own thoughts.
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