(By Brandon Hansen/Editor-in-Chief of the Chewelah Independent)
If you don’t maintain it, you usually end up up losing it.
A common issue we’re finding out in this country and this area specifically is if no money is put into improving and maintaining a building, infrastructure or program, it generally crumbles to the point where it’s unable to be saved when it reaches a point of disrepair.
With the possibility of money left over from the new Snyder Field track project — which has to be the first time this has ever happened in the history of public school building projects — it’s nice to see the new track committee proactive in finding ways to improve the field.
In sort of a piecemeal way, the Chewelah School District has both a lot of athletic fields that could either turn into something awesome, or just continue to be there. The Barbour Complex, I remember as a kid, happened in phases but even a chess nerd like myself used the fields there numerous times over and over.
While Snyder Field gets a nice track and some new turf, let’s not be complacent as to what a public resource this can be for the town. And for goodness sake, let’s not wait another 30 years to pass a levy. More