Fort Collins city council will hear public input and vote on stadium referendum Tuesday, Sept 4, 6 PM, the deadline for getting the question on the ballot.
Citizens can voice their opinion by showing a presence, writing an email or making a phone call to City Council Chambers, 300 Laporte Ave. (between Howes and Meldrum).
The non-binding referendum is asking for the public opinion. A referendum vote is already planned regarding the medical marijuana dispensary issue, and thus to add another question of the public is of relatively little cost, between zero and $2000. Non-binding votes are designed to “take the community pulse” about a particular issue, but leaves no final impact. one would have to wonder why a city council would vote down the request of citizenry voice to be heard.
The president of Colorado State University, Tony Frank, has said he will have a “soft decision” by October, though he has already missed two other estimated decisions dates, May and August. While he waits, the community gets further divided, with some community members reporting vandalism targeting their “Renew Hughes Stadium” signs and other property when signs are in yards.
Fort Collins has seven city council members, including the mayor. Out of the four votes it takes to get support for a referendum, three have expressed solidarity: Kelly Ohlson, Ben Manvel and Lisa Poppaw.
SOS Hughes group has quoted Dr.Frank as saying, “All recommendations from the Advisory Committee must be taken into serious account any impact on neighbors in areas adjacent or near a new stadium” and thus ask that citizens be heard.
Some highlights from a speech given to the SOS group via the webpage.
In April-May, the Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU) conducted an on-line survey of CSU students regarding the proposed on-campus stadium. We were finally given access to the results which you can access with the URL below.
3,587 responded to the survey. A few highlights:
67% of the respondents disagree or strongly disagree that CSU should build an on-campus stadium.
70% disagree or strongly disagree with the locations the Stadium Advisory Committee selected.
66% wanted information about parking. 67% wanted to know what will happen with Hughes.
Jay Coakley is the author of Sport In Society: Issues and Controversies (7th edition; McGraw-Hill, 2001), a widely used text in the sociology of sport. He co-authored Making Decisions: The Response of Young People in the Medway Towns to the “Ever Thought Of Sport?” Campaign (London: British Sports Council, 1986), and co-edited Inside Sports (Routledge, 1999) and the Handbook of Sports Studies (Sage, Ltd., 2000).
Coakley has published many articles and book chapters primarily on sport, society, and culture. Much of this work focuses on youth sports and socialization issues, race and ethnicity, gender, deviance and violence. He has lectured on sociology of sport topics in North America, Asia, and Europe, and has spoken often to groups of coaches and sport administrators. He also has lectured on issues of race and cultural diversity in sports and academic institutions.Coakley served as founding Editor of the Sociology of Sport Journal from 1983-1989 and he continues to serve on the editorial boards of scholarly journals in sociology and physical education. He is a past president of the Sport Sociology Academy of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and a past president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport; he was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology & Physical Education in 1996.
Coakley received his M.A. (1970) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He currently teaches introductory sociology and courses on sports in society, racial and ethnic relations, popular culture, aging, and social psychology.
The speech video can be watched here.