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Monday, October 24, 2011

Open Letter to Mt. Lebanon's Commissioners

As a lifelong resident of Mt. Lebanon, I strongly urge you to support Commissioner Dan Miller’s resolution on the pool and athletic fields improvement and development.  Very little has been done to improve and/or increase our athletic facilities since I graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 1987.  In the years since my 3 brothers and I were participants in Mt. Lebanon athletics, we have seen participation in youth athletics skyrocket, and there are simply not enough fields and facilities in Mt. Lebanon to accommodate this increase.  Further, the facilities and fields that we currently utilize are substandard.

My wife and I are the parents of 3 children, all of whom participate in Mt. Lebanon athletics.  As a result of their participation on travel teams, we have had the opportunity to personally witness what other municipalities have done with their athletic facilities, and most, if not all of these other municipalities have facilities far superior to ours.   It didn’t use to be this way.

Athletics have always been part of the fabric of Mt. Lebanon.  Athletics are an integral part of the sense and feeling of “community” that has always set Mt. Lebanon apart from other municipalities.  Further, the success that Mt. Lebanon has enjoyed in interscholastic athletics has raised the profile of Mt. Lebanon, which only serves to make our community a more attractive place to live and raise children.  Without improvement to our athletic facilities, we jeopardize our tradition of athletic success.

You have the opportunity tonight to make Mt. Lebanon a better place to live and raise children, and I strongly urge you to support Commissioner Miller’s resolution.

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