Johnston County commissioners recently pledged $76,000 to upgrade athletic facilies in the Cleveland community. It’s a big help. Commmissioners must now follow through with other commitments they made to the people of the Cleveland community.
Chief among those commitments was a promise to take a look at the condition of the roof in the former Cleveland High School gymnasium used now by the Greater Cleveland Athletic Association to host basketball leagues and fix it.
There’s no reason to think county commissioners won’t keep their promise in this regard, but it’s important to note what a small investment now on the part of the commissioners would save Johnston County commissioners in the long run.
Johnston County is not currently in the parks and recreation business. Towns throughout Johnston County provide ball leagues for players of all ages. They charge residents of their towns one rate and residents who live outside those incorporated another, higher, rate. In unincorporated areas those services are provided by volunter organizations like the GCAA. By operating programs like those run by GCAA, those groups save the county hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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That makes the relatively small investment county commissioners have made a very good use of public funds. Anytime you can spend a dollar and get three or four in return, that’s a good investement. That’s what Johnston County is doing in the case of an organization like GCAA.
We’re glad Johnston County commissioners made the decision they did. We look forward to the time when they take that next step and shore up the gymnasium facility so that Johnston County youngsters who live in the Cleveland area will be able to access facilities on par with others around the county.