Your voice matters and by emailing the EANES School Board members and attending School Board Meetings – you will make the difference!
WHLL is continuing to press for approval for the Megaplex, and is apparently pressing the Eanes ISD board for changes to the contract which will make it easier for them to gain zoning approval. However, on Tuesday the board received a letter of interest regarding the purchase of the land for $5mm on terms that would ensure the land would be developed into a neighborhood or held as a nature conservancy.
We would like to encourage the board to (a) not further entangle themselves by modifying the lease, and (b) fully consider other alternatives for the land.
Would you please take a few minutes and send an email by Tuesday, August 27th to each of the EISD board members? A draft message is below. Feel free to modify it into your own words if you wish, or cut and paste it as is.
If you don’t mind posting a comment below to let us know you’ve sent emails to the board, that would be great so we can keep track of how heavily the board is being contacted. Also, please tell your friends in the area who you think are concerned about this issue too.
Thank you very much for your help.
Below are the e-mail addresses for the EANES School Board and the draft message:
EANES ISD 2013 SCHOOL BOARD
Rob Hargett, President at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beau Ross, Vice President at email@example.com
Dr. Colleen Jones, Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. James “Kal” Kallison, Past President at email@example.com
Ellen Balthazar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Frost at email@example.com
Ronna Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBJECT: No Sports Megaplex. Consider alternatives.
Do not proceed with the Sports Megaplex. Do consider alternatives.
I live within the Eanes ISD, and do not support the proposed River Hills Sports Megaplex project. The Megaplex is completely out of place for our community, extremely detrimental for the environment, and wastes a valuable asset at a time when EISD has a $4.5mm operating shortfall.
I understand that the board is contemplating changes to the Megaplex contract to address complaints raised about the appropriateness of the lease, and possibly to help the Megaplex get zoning approval. Agreeing to such changes is a significant, deliberate decision to support the Megaplex, for which I would hold the current board members accountable.
I also understand that the board has received an offer to purchase the land for $5 million under terms that are favorable to the district and with restrictions which would ensure the land is developed in a way consistent with the surrounding neighborhoods. The board owes it to EISD students and taxpayers – as well as to the surrounding community — to fully explore selling the land for an appropriate use.