My home was built by my parents in 1950. After my mother passed away and my father moved to an assisted living facility, I returned to Stillwater in 2000 and remodeled my childhood home. In remodeling, I tried to retain, restore and preserve everything possible. Obviously, I love my home and our family history here.
I have spent an untold number of hours working in my yard and have been told by many that they truly appreciate its beauty. I am finding it close to impossible to continue maintaining my property for the purpose of bulldozing.
I do understand that only change and taxes remain constant…. and that change is necessary. There are, most often, difficult aspects in change as well as good aspects.
The OSU Expansion Plan is worthy of awe. However, extremely difficult decisions must be made by property owners in the expansion plan area, whether the owners live in the homes or utilize the property as rental property for their income. Do we stay in Stillwater, reinvest in another area? Do we move to another city? And if so where? Are we financially able to remain in a City in which taxes will increase to such a great level, due to the expansion.
I, obviously, tend to be a very sentimental person. I also believe I am a very fair minded person and fight for fairness for everyone in any situation in which I am involved. I am so saddened and hurt, probably to the greatest extent in all of this, by the insensitivity, unfairness, and lack of respect shown the property owners by MY university.
According to the “presenter” of the masterplan during the Nov. 10th meeting, this basic masterplan was approved in July of 2004. There was no consideration or discussion with any of the property owners, to my knoweldge until we read it in the newspaper.
I read the paper, and noted that the OSU Foundation was heading the project and that a meeting was to be held Nov. 10. On Monday I called the Foundation and talked with Gary Clark, to find out the time and date of the scheduled meeting. He did not know, however, did find out the time and later called to inform me of the meeting location. I, of course, am quite anxious to know the timeframe, etc. regarding the acquistion of my home.
I attended the meeting and learned that I could have some of my questions answered at the homeowners meetings taking place on Nov. 16 & 17. I read in a letter to the editor (Stillwater Newpress) that acquistion was to be completed by June 1 of 2006. Could that be correct, I wonder. I am still trying to remain “calm” and “reasonable” and wait too hear.
My point is simply that I am tremedously disappointed that my university did not see fit to inform property owners in a timely manner and give us an oppotunity to “adjust” and “consider our re-location options”, when the plan was first approved and known to “those in charge”. I feel this is not only insensitive, but bordering on cruelty.
I have loved my university. I am a Posse member and have held season tickets for football, wrestling, baseball, softball, women’s basketball, and am still on the waiting list for basketball. I go to the arena before basketball games and buy tickets from people selling tickets they are not using. I have attended women’s soccer events and equestrian events. I have been a loyal and dedicated fan of our athletics. I love to see us excel, yet still love them when they are down. Half my attire is Orange and Black and if it’s orange (from decor to wearing apparel) I buy it. My enthusiasm for OSU and its sports has been unlimited.
I did not like having to miss the wrestling ranking matches due to the masterplan meeting. I attended the women’s basketball game and the men’s basketball games on the 11th and the great football game on the 12th. I will have to admit that even though I was thrilled with the games, I found I had lost my voice for cheers and my heart was not as fully involved as it has been in the past.
Ironically, I have never attended a tennis match, although I do enjoy tennis, and now my home and property are to become the tennis courts.