[GeoStL] Re: St Peters geocaching policy update

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In my humble opinion, I think that contacting our alderman MAY make a
difference. There is a reason why we have a democratic government, am I
right?

~Chris


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Griffin" <griff@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 10:43 AM
Subject: [GeoStL] Re: St Peters geocaching policy update


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> >
> > Susan, it was decided that to allow geocaching on city property we will
> need
> >
> > a Certificate of Insurance and issue a permit to the organization or
user.
> >
> > With this information, I would recommend that you remove the caches on
St.
> >
> > Peters property. I look forward to discussing this activity with you
again
> >
> > when the insurance requirements can be met.
> >
>
> This is just a way of saying, no thanks! They know we will never come up
> with insurance. To expect us to cover every cacher who may or may not be a
> member of SLAGA is ludicrous. If they get the cache info from Navicache,
> Geocaching.com or Whatever, they can look for this cache without any
> coverage from SLAGA. The guy is uneducated and thinks we own caching in
> Missouri. If someone comes in from Detroit and goes caching, we are
suppose
> to cover them?? Say goodbye to St. Peters caches.. I don't think St.
Peters
> has enough cachers to make a difference. You can write your Alderman or
> whatever, but 7 or so households will not make even a dent in the interest
> level of anyone.
>
> Good luck, but if we don't all, residents and non residents, get involved
in
> this, caching in St. Peters parks will be a thing of the past!
>
> Mike
>
>
> > Still, the main point to me is that I pay taxes and my hobby is far
safer
> > than a lot of what goes on in the parks, but we're being singled out
> because
> > geocaching is new and takes some effort to understand.
>
> Taxes would be the wrong approach. It makes it sound like people have a
> right to do whatever they want in the parks because they are tax payers.
> Again, I just don't think they want caching in their precious parks. So Be
> It! If someone knows someone who can help this cause, then great,
otherwise,
> cache on!
>
> >
> > This might sound bad, but I would also discourage anyone who is not a SP
> > resident from contacting the city.  SP gets pretty darn defensive
against
> > "outsiders" and it just wouldn't be helpful at this point.
> >
>
> Maybe this is why I don't live there. I met with St. Peters parks on some
> scouting issues once and walked away feeling like a foreigner. We wanted
to
> use some of their parks for an event and they wouldn't allow it. They were
> asked if we could use the rec plex for Scout activities, mainly swimming
and
> lifesaving, and they refused. This was after we proposed several upgrades
to
> their parks with Eagle scout projects. This was a while back but the scout
> leaders who lived there we really turned off by their responses. I don't
> know why I would expect anything different.
>
>
> > Anyway, guys, I've done about all I can do for now.  I forget who I've
> told,
> > but I'm taking a class this fall for the first time in 20 years.  It's a
> > very demanding class and also very important to the future of my career.
> So
> > my meeting with any alderman is going to have to wait for quite a while.
> If
> > anyone wants to pick up the crusade and run with it, that would be
> > wonderful,  but I just don't have the mental energy or time to deal with
> it
> > now.
>
> Thanks for trying Susan! All we can do is try!
>
> Mike
>
>
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