To The Herald-Whig:
This letter is being written to express my opinion about the decision made by the Quincy Park District Board to destroy the Mississippi Valley Antique Auto Museum.
It is disappointing that the board members that are elected to exert the will of the people are making decisions that are not in line with the interests of the voters as proven by the hundreds of signatures on the petition that has circulated through the community.
I am an auto enthusiast and 41-year member of the Early Tin Dusters Car Club with no affiliation to the MVAAM. You may be familiar with our club, as each fall we sponsor a Color Run that has grown into a significant driver of the economy here in Quincy. The success of our event further illustrates the passion and interest our community has with regard to antique vehicles and the history of transportation.
It is outrageous that a few board members can play judge, jury and executioner toward this small entity that is self-supporting. The decision that has been made will cost the taxpayers money as attorneys have been put into action, and the demolition of the building and restoration of the grounds will be costly.
From my point of view, there is a personal agenda at play here. The Park District failed to build a strong case as to why this museum should be evicted and the building demolished. Common sense would dictate that the use of a mediator could resolve issues that exist between the two parties leaving the community with something it clearly wants, and another reason for tourists to visit our town. In addition, this will help the current board members hold their elected positions if they so desire in 2017.
I urge the citizens of Quincy to call or write to save the museum. The next meeting of the Park District Board is at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Our community is at risk of losing this museum forever if no action is taken.