I have listened to presentations on both sides of the proposed event center.
This controversy has partly divided our city. I hope the ultimate outcome will bring us all together and Rocky Mount can go forward.
The City Council started with a feasibility survey. The civic center was not ruled out and our city moves forward gathering the details.
Many details are still to be determined. The financials; where to put it; what will it cost; will taxes and/or utilities go up; is adequate parking available; utilities available, what size and layout; and all the other details that go into such an undertaking.
I feel certain that the Council has looked at and is still exploring, many of these issues. An undertaking this size requires thorough study.
Until the final shape is known, I have no way to make an informed decision.
Rumors abound about many of these details.
Many others agree with me that we should keep an open mind about the civic center.
I urge all citizens of Rocky Mount to keep an open mind until we know what exactly the civic center requires.
An open mind is neither for, nor against, the final proposal.
Let the City Council proceed with the studies, make them known, allow public input (pro and con).
That will be the time to make my decision and express it – not now.
Leon Henderson Jr.