Text of THE ROBERT R. BARNHART GAZEBO AND AMPHITHEATER Plaque
``First Interstate Properties, Ltd., the developer of Avon Commons Shopping Center, is proud to dedicate this gazebo and amphitheater as `The Robert R. Barnhart Gazebo and Amphitheater' to acknowledge his civic commitment to the City of Avon and to the Avon City Schools.
In January, 1999, Mr. Barnhart formed an initiative petition committee, Avon Citizens for Avon Commons, to place the issue of rezoning this property on the ballot in the City of Avon.
Mr. Barnhart, who had served as the Superintendent of the Avon City Schools for 20 years, was motivated to lead this effort in order to support the long term economic benefits that Avon Commons would bring to both the City of Avon and to the Avon City Schools.
Mr. Barnhart's leadership skills, his dedication to the community, and his belief in the strength of the individual in civic affairs, all contributed to the successful rezoning of this property.
This gazebo and amphitheater have accordingly been dedicated in his honor to acknowledge his significant contribution. ''
|Engraving of Bob Barnhart|
LETTER TO THE EDITOR of THE PRESS, 6-9-99, By Bob Barnhart
``The votes have been cast and we all await the results with a certain degree of anxiety and apprenhension! Nevertheless, I'd like to compliment each of our committee members for their cooperation, hard work and integrity during our campaign.
While I am hopeful that our issue is successful, I can truthfully say that I have been very pleased with the conduct of our committee over the past three to four months. Our basic theme was to present factual information to the citizens of Avon and refrain from any personal or character attacks.
I believe our committee members conducted themselves in a very positive and professional manner.
In addition, our committee extends a most sincere "thank you" to the many Avon citizens who welcomed us into their homes, signed our petitions, and supported us with their Yes vote on June 1, 1999.
It is important for all Avonites, at this time, to put our differences behind us and work together on future challenges to keep Avon a great place to live. Regardless of the final outcome of the June 1 vote, I pledge myself to that goal.
Bob Barnhart, Avon ''
REMARKS by Mitchell Schneider, President, First Interstate, on June 24, 2001 at the Grand Opening of the Avon Commons Shopping Center
``Under Mr. Barnhart's leadership, the Committee gathered the signatures of 25% of the registered voters of the City of Avon in an effort to place a zoning approval on the ballot which would allow the Avon Commons Shopping Center to be built.
The Committee successfully conducted an Initiative Petition campaign and placed the issue of rezoning this property on the ballot and worked toward the issue's ultimate passage, which took place on June 1, 1999.
Mr. Barnhart's motivation in undertaking this ballot initiative was the long term enhancement of the budget for the Avon City School System through real estate tax income that would be generated by Avon Commons.
Mr. Barnhart was further interested in the income taxes that would be generated for the general fund of the City of Avon by this development.
Mr. Barnhart's dedication to the community and willingness to engage in civic action resulted in the opportunity for Avon Commons to be constructed.
First Interstate Properties, Ltd., the developer of Avon Commons Shopping Center, is proud to dedicate this gazebo and amphitheater as the `Robert R. Barnhart Gazebo and Amphitheater' in his honor this June 24, 2001 to acknowledge his civic commitment to the City of Avon and its schools. ''
Avon to 1974