The rodeo relocation coordinator position has been controversial since it was created 18 months ago by the Payson Town Council. Taxpayers and a few of the councilmembers have been concerned by the amount of public money the town has invested in the rodeo relocation project, including relocation coordinator Barry Cardinael's salary.
Cardinael signed three contracts and told the council he could raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and move the arena by March 31, 1999.
Cardinael concedes that he may have bitten off more than he could chew when he signed the contracts. He put his heart and soul into the project and spent countless hours trying to get it done.
His integrity and good intentions have never been in question, but it is clear that he was unable to meet the goals spelled out in his contracts.
But is this the only measure of success for the rodeo relocation project? We don't think so. There are many people in this community who support the rodeo and the proud traditions it reflects. It would be a shame if this project were deemed a failure after so many businesses and individuals have volunteered their money, materials and hard labor to move the arena. The job is getting done by people who care -- from heavy equipment operators to high school students.
Yes, there is still work to be done.
And Cardinael says he would still like to be a part of it. We incorrectly stated his intentions in a second headline in the Dec. 21 issue of the Roundup when we said he was calling it quits. Actually his contract will expire Jan. 8 and has not been renewed. But he plans to continue helping with the project as a volunteer for a few more weeks.
The fruits of his labor may not have grown the way the contract specified, but thanks to Barry Cardinael and so many others, there's a successful harvest sprouting up on the south side of Payson that we can all enjoy for years to come.