City makes pledge to YMCA official

Thursday, December 7, 2006

On Monday night, the Cassville City Council formalized its promise to support the YMCA in its efforts to open a fitness center in Cassville.

A check for $50,000 was presented to Gordon Brown, executive director of the Cassville and Monett YMCAs, and members of the Cassville YMCA Founders Committee who were present for the presentation. Members in attendance included Susie Jacobs, Diane Shiveley, Jerry Marple, Carolyn Bishop, Becky Ryder and Angela Seymour.

"The YMCA is a stellar organization, and the affiliation with the city has been nothing but very positive," said Mayor Jim Craig. "Any enhancements we can make between the YMCA and the city is for the benefit of all the citizens of Cassville."

The new fitness center will be incorporated into the Cassville Gymnastics Center building on Highway 248 in Cassville. The facility has enough space to provide room for current gymnastics programs as well as community fitness programs.

The proposed fitness center will include cardiac training equipment and free weights. The fundraising goal set by the Cassville YMCA Founders Committee is $150,000.

In addition to making a check presentation, the Cassville City Council continued its ongoing discussion on the 2007 budget. A preliminary budget was presented to the council at the Nov. 20 meeting and then a work session to discuss budget specifics was held on Nov. 27.

This Monday, City Administrator Mike Hayslip gave the council a second revised budget plan and asked aldermen to give it a final review and call him with any changes before the final budget is presented for adoption at the Dec. 18 meeting.

The budget outlines a $3,908,690 spending plan and projects revenues of $3,545,161 in the general revenue and water and sewer funds for the coming year.

A subject of the budget discussion during Monday's meeting was a proposed pay increase plan for city employees. This past year, the council approved a 3.2 percent cost of living (COLA) increase for each employee.

In 2007, the COLA increase will be replaced by a merit increase of up to 3 percent plus an additional 1 percent salary incentive. According to Hayslip, the majority of city employees

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