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Gookin Opposes CdA Collegiate Team

On a 5-1 vote Tuesday, with Councilman Dan Gookin dissenting, the Coeur d'Alene City Council supported possible location of a West Coast League team at Cherry Hill Park. Here's a draft of that discussion: "Councilman Kennedy introduced the item as discussed at the General Services Committee meeting.  Councilman Kennedy explained that the General Services Committee is recommending City Council endorse the concept of allowing a West Coast Collegiate Team to locate in Coeur d'Alene in 2014 as the anchor tenant for the Cherry Hill Sports Complex.  Henoted from the staff report that the Parks Department and other interested baseball enthusiasts have been proposing a new baseball field in Coeur d'Alene for approximately 12 years.Councilman Kennedy said the request is to adopt the concept of bringing a West Coast League Team to Coeur d'Alene. Fee structures, management, and uses would be worked out over the next several months including routine maintenance and capital improvements. The estimated cost of the facility is $2,700,000 and those funds are being raised privately.  The Panhandle Parks Foundation is taking on the fund raising and all funds are going to that organization."

Question: I'm trying to figure out why Gookin would oppose a project like this when the money is going to be raised privately. What do you think?

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