I have been a Whitehall resident for almost 30 years. I have to say I am appalled that the parks and recreation director has decided on park shelters for Whitehall residents.

To the Editor:

I have been a Whitehall resident for almost 30 years.

I have to say I am appalled that the parks and recreation director has decided on park shelters for Whitehall residents.

For years residents had the benefit to reserve a shelter at John Bishop Park for free, and there were four shelters to choose from.

As of Jan. 1, Whitehall residents are being charged $100 to reserve a shelter at John Bishop, and there are only two shelters to choose from because again the director made the decision to not allow residents of Whitehall the ability to reserve the shelters by the concession stand.

I am extremely upset that these decisions were made without any feedback from residents.

How can someone whose salary depends on my tax dollar make a decision like this? Just over a year ago, Whitehall residents voted for an income tax increase of 2.5 percent. If the city needed the increase to maintain what we already had last year, then why is there a need to start charging residents to have family gatherings in the city's parks? I would love to see if anyone from the city or even the director of parks and recreation will respond to my complaint.

Kathy Harris
Whitehall