GRAFTON – Five individuals came before the Taylor County Commission Tuesday evening as Taylor Development Inc. concerning the Haymond Community Center. Spokesman John Mazzie addressed the commission expressing the wishes of those present saying, “The present people of the Haymond Community Center, we don’t want it. Give it to whomever you want to give it to.”
Mazzie continued, “The only thing is, we would like to know if we can sell the stuff that belongs to us.”
“What we worked and paid for, we want to sell. The money from it is going to go to another non-profit organization, which will be used for a scholarship for a Grafton High School graduate,” explained Mazzie.
Gobel then questioned, “You don’t think it aught to go back to that community that supported the work?”
“No,” responded Mazzie. “No, it should go back to that community. Do you want to know why? Can this community show me $100,000 to take care of it?”
“You are wanting us to make a gift of what we worked for. And you know what? Don’t talk to me about Haymond, because the people of the Haymond community did not support us,” exclaimed Mazzie. Turning to his representatives present with him, “Am I right or am I wrong?”
“You are right,” responded Jean Davis.
Mazzie continued his argument stating that he thought it was only fair to be able to sell what they had paid for, but if they were not permitted to do so, then he wanted a decision during the commission meeting.
“I want it tonight. It is going to be a yes or no. Very simple,” demanded Mazzie.
“It’s not that simple,” interjected Gobel.
“Yes it is Mr. Gobel. There is no studying this thing,” responded Mazzie.
“Let’s use some common sense. Its not common sense when you tell us we have to leave this and leave that when we paid for it,” continued Mazzie.
“Not the people in the Haymond Community. They didn’t donate their money,” commented Mrs Davis.
“But wasn’t it intended and set out that way that it was always to be used for something in the Haymond Community?” questioned Gobel.
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