Town turns down donation to repair basketball court

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

Previous coverage:
* June 13 – Basketball court ‘dangerous’
* June 18 – Basketball court closed, roped off
* July 10 – Council votes to keep court closed

DOBBINS HEIGHTS — Quentin Gore doesn’t understand.

The 19-year-old Dobbins Heights resident  brought to Town Council a concern about the safety of the basketball court at Dobbins Heights Community Park. The court, he said, is riddled with cracks that run the court’s width and length.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Quentin Gore stands by a pile of Quick Pavement Repair, donated by Lowe's in Rockingham, near the basketball court at Dobbins Heights Community Park. The court has been closed to the public since mid-June after Gore raised concerns about safety due to cracks in the court several feet long.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Quentin Gore stands by a pile of Quick Pavement Repair, donated by Lowe’s in Rockingham, near the basketball court at Dobbins Heights Community Park. The court has been closed to the public since mid-June after Gore raised concerns about safety due to cracks in the court several feet long.

Gore wanted to do something about it, so he managed to obtain a donation from his employer, Lowe’s in Rockingham, for 63 bags of Quality Pavement Repair. Retailing on Lowes.com for $13.98 apiece, it’s a donation worth nearly $900 that Gore said would provide a temporary fix to allow kids to play basketball in town if not today, then tomorrow.

“That’s just how passionate I am about it,” Gore said.

And the town rejected the donation.

The skid of 50-pound bags was delivered at the park early Thursday morning. Shortly afterward, Gore said he received a call from Councilwoman Angeline K. David. Gore said David told him to have Lowe’s come back and pick up the donation at the request of Mayor Antonio Blue.

Reached Thursday, Blue said that he and the Town Council have agreed to “fix it right” and eliminate any potential hazards on the court. The town is pursuing grants and larger donations to ensure that once the money is available, residents will have a court to play on for the foreseeable future.

To patch the court would cost about $35,000, Blue said. To replace it will cost about $50,000. No money is earmarked in the town’s budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which began July 1, for repairs or replacement.

On top of that, town officials have said the court is not eligible for a “quick fix” that QPR material offers. In addition, the funds required for supporting material and manpower would better be used for a more long-term solution.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com The town of Dobbins Heights closed the basketball court in mid-June after resident Quentin Gore expressed concern about the safety of players.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
The town of Dobbins Heights closed the basketball court in mid-June after resident Quentin Gore expressed concern about the safety of players.

Blue has urged town residents to pay back taxes that would allow the town to fund items such as the basketball court repairs.

Here’s what my suggestion is,” Blue said during a July public meeting of the Town Council. “There’s $250,000 in delinquent taxes in Dobbins Heights. If we collect the $250,000, the basketball court becomes a dream that will come true. There are 1,400 delinquent properties. So if we can start getting some of that. That basketball court has been broke for probably 12 or 13 years. This didn’t just happen.”

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  • robert

    I do not believe that the Town of Dobbins Heights should have made that decision without having a Towns meeting and allowing the citizens to cast their vote.It was unfair for the council and the so called Mayor to make that decision with out allowing every voice to speak. So if the people that owe taxes dont pay them for another12 to 13 years, what happens than? That’s exactly why so many of our youth is involved in so much crime,because we are taking so much from them. A young man goes out and does something rihht for his community and this is how they repay his works.

  • Couldn’t Help But Comment

    Are they serious? I TOTALLY agree with Robert! Here’s a 19-yr old kid, who instead of having his head stuck in the sand and totally oblivious to his community because he is drinking, drugging or mesmerized by a video game, wants to play basketball on his community court but it’s not in good shape. He brings that to the attention of the community officials but also comes with a solution! He has appealed on their behalf to his employer and the employer has agreed to fix it!!! The employer uses his gas, his employees during working hours and they deliver the goods AND THE CITY COUNCIL CALLS HIM AND TELLS HIM TO HAVE HIS EMPLOYER COME BACK AND TAKE THE DONATED GOODS AWAY?!?!? THEN CLOSES THE BASKETBALL COURT?!?! The basketball court that the city council did not close on their own, only after the young man brought it to their attention! AND THE MAYOR USES THAT AS A PLATFORM TO ADMONISH THE CITIZENS WHO HAVENT PAYED BACK TAXES?!?!?! I think that is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard and think that should be the thing Dobbins Heights residents should remember come election time! I’m sure this young man has thought to himself “Why did I even bother? A dangerous basketball court is better than nothing at all!” Now, Let’s all go to the Crime Section and read ANOTHER story of a youth from this county is involved in shooting and stealing and drug dealing and then let’s all say together what has been said for years in this county… “If only our young people had somewhere to go, something for them to do and this wouldn’t happen. Dobbins Heights REALLY can’t see the forest for the trees and I think the kid has already shown he would make a much better mayor or city councilman because he has shown he can get something done. My heart is heavy for the youth of this county and I hope this young man doesn’t get discouraged. Now Dobbins Heights mayor, you keep waiting on those delinquent taxes

  • Sassy

    I TOTALLY agree with Robert and “Couldn’t Help But Comment”! I have great admiration for the 19-year-old young man. His perseverance in changing his community speaks volume and is representative of a true leader. Hats off to this young man!! I would also like to know how funds can be collected for back taxes and then be used to repair the basketball court (??). Shouldn’t these funds be applied towards the back taxes and would this not be considered misappropriation of funds??

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