Port Orange, FL - Plans to grow the Port Orange YMCA have likely been pushed back until at least 2015 as the city debates how to best undertake a $1.3 million dollar expansion.
A lengthy discussion during Tuesday night’s Port Orange City Council meeting saw council members trying to find what they thought was the best way to have the “Y” do its planned 7,500 square foot expansion.
It was the one item in Port Orange’s busier than normal meeting agenda that brought out the most public comments, mainly from users complaining that the current facility has outgrown its usefulness and needs more space to be able to function properly.
While the majority of the Council members seemed to echo those sentiments, concerns over where to find the money were also on their minds, especially in the case of District 1 Council member Bob Ford.
“The city’s finances are healthy, but barely,” Ford said. “Like every other community around here, there’s not a lot of cash running around. There’s a lot of demands.”
Ford also stressed that he wanted to help the “Y” out, even if it meant sacrificing in other areas, but not at the expense of putting the city in fiscal trouble.
No official vote was taken during the meeting, but the Council did authorize City Manager Greg Kisela to work out the details of a phased expansion plan with the YMCA that the P.O.C.C. could vote on by January or February 2014.
In the meantime, the Council did agree to fund renovations which were already funded in the budget to the current facility at 4701 City Center Parkway.
Among those renovations include a new pool deck and changes to the locker room, bathrooms and new carpeting. That could start by as early as next spring.
That decision, according to Vice Mayor Don Burnette, likely means that any actual construction to expand the facility would likely take place sometime in the spring of 2015.
“Renovations have moved to the front of the line,” Burnette told WNDB after the meeting adjourned. “We don’t want to spend the same money to do the same things twice.”
In other news, the P.O.C.C. did vote 5-0 during Tuesday night’s meeting to apply for a Volusia E.C.H.O. grant of $300,000 to build another multi-purpose playing field at Coraci Park.
That county grant – if granted – would need to be matched with city funds as a condition of approval.
Besides the field’s creation, city officials want to use that money for providing lights for night-time use on that field, along with batting cages, bleacher covers and a maintenance building.
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