CITY COUNCIL AGREES TO YMCA MANAGING CITIES RECREATION PROGRAMS
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council voted across the board Wednesday night to enter into a one-year agreement with the Nishna Valley Family YMCA to operate and oversee various city recreation programs including the city’s swimming pool. The current Park and Rec. Director, Travis Garrett, is leaving June 2nd. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says the timing is right to consider other service delivery options that could improve services and reduce costs to the city.
“I think this is an ideal opportunity to try a different method of providing these programs,” said Harris. “If the “Y” Board approves this, one thing I made clear is that they would oversee all of the recreation programs for the City and the pool for the year, and then we would sit back and evaluate how that works.”
Council members Steve Livengood and Shawn Shouse agreed that the timing is right to try it out with the “Y”.
“It is the ideal time, everything is going to be new in the Park and Rec. area in the city of Atlantic here in about two weeks,” said Livengood.
“The finance committee looked at the proposed agreement and was satisfied with the items that were in the agreement and the way that they proposed covering the costs, so it wasn’t a huge additional cost to the city,” explained Shouse.
The city will continue to own and maintain all of the cities facilities; the “Y” will only manage the programs.
The agreement is pending the decision by the “Y” board which we understand met last night.