I sent an email to the Parks and Recs Board members and the MSB Parks and Recs staff person (Hugh Leslie) on May 21st asking a lot of questions about the proposed Drone Racing Park and proposed Management agreement. However, I did not get any response.
Here are some of the Facebook screen shots referred to in my email. (Mr. Colligan has since deleted his comments.)
The Drone Racing Park issue was discussed at the May 21st Parks and Recs meeting but the discussion was continued to their next meeting which was held this week.
Here is the agenda for the Parks and Recs Board’s June 25th meeting:
When I saw the agenda for the latest PRTAB meeting, I sent another email (to the same group) asking for more information – including a copy of the proposed management agreement:
The MSB staff person did not respond. There are a LOT of unanswered questions about this proposed Drone Racing Park.
How can the public and the Parks and Recs board evaluate a proposal if we can’t actually review the proposal – i..e the proposed management agreement and site plans ??
A member of the Board did reply and suggested that I just attend the meeting. I explained that I was unable to do so because I had another activity to attend. The next day she reported back about what happened at the meeting: No action was taken on the Drone Racing Park issue and there were no additional documents provided. The Board requested more information and it will probably be online for the next meeting – July.
Then I noticed that there is also a meeting this week of the MSB Aviation Advisory Board and that the Drone Racing Park is also an item on that agenda. (This is the Aviation board’s first meeting since February. It is odd that this agenda says “Drone Racing League Application UPDATE” as I didn’t see the Drone item on their February meeting agenda.)
In the Aviation Advisory Board meeting packet, there is information from the Drone League:
Here are two highlighted pages from the Drone League’s documents:
My analysis: The Drone League wants complete control of 50 acres. Also they seem to say – oh, we’ll agree to some joint use of our acreage – but it has to be “scheduled” joint use – i.e., no one can use this area unless they get permission ahead of time. That is baloney.
I see a fuzzy picture of an airport. Are they planning to build an airport? The Drone League also mentions control of a “shared” parking lot. What parking lot is this? Are they planning to build (or have the MSB build) a new parking lot near their new aiport or are they talking about a parking lot already at Jim Creek?
The Drone League seems to want the MSB to go in with them to obtain funding opportunities. Of course they do.
This proposed project and the way the MSB has handled it stinks to high heaven. The Drone League needs to buy their own land and build their own infrastructure.
Why should the MSB be pushed into assisting with this pet project of (former Assembly member) Steve Colligan’s??? Especially when his private business interests intersect so completely with his drone hobby. What is the percentage of people in the MSB who are into drone racing? It is very small. Who does this proposed Drone Racing Park really benefit??