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Panel wants to be heard on rec plans

| Thursday, April 22, 2004

Members of the Monroeville Community Recreation Complex's advisory committee hope a April 29 meeting to review architects' plans for the $20.2 million project will address their concerns.

Many of the 28 members on the committee made up of residents, municipal officials and business owners feel their concerns have been overlooked.

"It's just discouraging," said Tammy Rossetti-Moran, who was added to the committee last fall and feels residents haven't been involved. "We had that one neighborhood meeting and that was it. There are still a lot of concerns. I know that traffic is still an issue."

Monroeville officials said the April 29 meeting is designed to give the advisory committee input on the draft of the comprehensive plan of the community complex before a public comment period. Council then would need to approve a final plan before development could begin on the 125-acre site that the municipality bought for $2.4 million.

The committee will review recommendations that include walking trails, basketball and tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, a community garden and a community center that will house offices, meeting rooms and an aquatics center, Municipal Manager Marshall Bond said. It also includes traffic studies and other information that should address residents' concerns, he said.

Major concerns include traffic congestion, noise and safety issues.

Tilbrook Road resident Pete Titus said it appears the municipality has basically decided what it wanted to do without getting the feedback from residents as it promised. He said he's not sure that the meeting will address the issues because it appears the municipality has decided on what it wants to do.

"There's still just two entrances and they're both off Tilbrook," Titus said, citing one of the residents' concerns. "That means traffic problems."

The meeting for the Monroeville Community Recreation Complex advisory committee is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Monroeville Municipal Building, 2700 Monroeville Blvd.

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