YMCA takes over city rec programs

Thursday, November 3, 2005

On Nov. 1, the Cassville City Council voted to enter into an agreement with the Springfield Family YMCA to administer all city recreation programs.

Although the agreement will be on a three-year term, either party can opt out with a 30-day notice after Jan. 1, 2006, said Kati Rose, city administrator.

The city will pay YMCA around $55,000 to administer the programs. Last year the city lost around $68,000 on the recreation programs.

"We will have a professional organization and not have to hire someone to run the recreation programs," said Rose.

"The YMCA will hire their own people to run the programs, and we will reduce our workman's compensation and benefits expenses," said Alderman Pete Landstad.

According to the agreement, if the YMCA starts to make large profits from the recreation programs the city's financial responsibility can be reduced, said Landstad.

Rose discussed plans to eliminate a city maintenance department and put all maintenance employees under one department head.

"In going through the budget process we found that we have the opportunity to contract the mowing of the parks," said Rose.

Currently, the city is paying two employees to mow the parks each summer. A contract mower will charge around $35,000 to mow the parks, the Greenway Trail, the airport and the treatment plant from March until November, said Rose.

"This will free up two people in the parks," said Rose. "I thought this would be a great time to eliminate a department and get all employees working under one department head. All will be under the public works department."

The administrative change will save the city between $35,000 and $42,000 each year, said Rose.

The city will bid a one-year mowing contract with a two-year renewal option.

The aldermen also voted to purchase two signs for the Greenway Trail.

The signs, which will be placed at the South Park and at the 13th Street bridge, will display the trail layout and distances between sites.

The General Federation of Women's Clubs Silver Leaf Benefit Club will share the cost of the project.

In other business, the Cassville City Council:

* Voted to purchase two alum pumps from H20 Tech for $3,778.

* Held a public hearing to discuss the annexation of five acres of land on the county farm road between the Cassville Vet Clinic and the Church of Latter-Day Saints, owned by John Hendricks. A variance hearing will be held at 4 p.m. on Dec. 1.

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