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Many options on table to control center’s costs

If initial costs for an indoor Wellness/Recreation Center for Pulaski County are too high, there are several options for reducing expenses, according to county staff.
The county is proposing to purchase the former TMD Friction plant at Dublin and turn it into an indoor recreation facility.
The plant is slated to be auctioned in late January as part of TMD’s bankruptcy plan, so county staff believe there is an “excellent” chance to acquire the building at less than half its $7 million assessed value.
Recreation Director Anthony Akers and Assistant County Administrator Robert Hiss are scheduled to give a presentation on the proposal at Monday nights Board of Supervisors meeting. The presentation will be followed by public comment to gauge the community’s interest in the project.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the County Administration Building on Third Street in Pulaski.
In the presentation, Hiss and Akers propose three options for reducing purchase, renovation and operation costs if the county chooses to move forward with the project.
First, the county could consider adding amenities to the center “over a period of time.”
The agencies that could be located in the center’s office space – such as the Agency on Aging – could move into the facility first and then additional amenities could be added “at a controlled pace as funds are available or as donors contribute.”
Under the proposal, the cost to the county and taxpayers also could be reduced by donations. It is hoped various organizations, companies and individuals would be willing to make monetary contributions to the center or even purchase items such as cardiovascular equipment.
The presentation notes that the county already has a local commitment of $50,000 toward purchase of equipment for the center.
Finally, “minimal” admission fees, according to county staff, could offset operating costs.
The presentation suggests $225,000 in annual revenue could be generated if at least 1,500 citizens joined at an annual cost of $150 per individual.
The presentation proposes a fee of $120 per year for individuals living in Pulaski County and $240 per year for county families. Members from outside the county could be assessed a higher fee.
The county also proposes establishing a discount system for persons affected by layoffs or in need of financial assistance.

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Many options on table to control center’s costs

If initial costs for an indoor Wellness/Recreation Center for Pulaski County are too high, there are several options for reducing expenses, according to county staff.
The county is proposing to purchase the former TMD Friction plant at Dublin and turn it into an indoor recreation facility.
The plant is slated to be auctioned in late January as part of TMD’s bankruptcy plan, so county staff believe there is an “excellent” chance to acquire the building at less than half its $7 million assessed value.
Recreation Director Anthony Akers and Assistant County Administrator Robert Hiss are scheduled to give a presentation on the proposal at Monday nights Board of Supervisors meeting. The presentation will be followed by public comment to gauge the community’s interest in the project.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the County Administration Building on Third Street in Pulaski.
In the presentation, Hiss and Akers propose three options for reducing purchase, renovation and operation costs if the county chooses to move forward with the project.
First, the county could consider adding amenities to the center “over a period of time.”
The agencies that could be located in the center’s office space – such as the Agency on Aging – could move into the facility first and then additional amenities could be added “at a controlled pace as funds are available or as donors contribute.”
Under the proposal, the cost to the county and taxpayers also could be reduced by donations. It is hoped various organizations, companies and individuals would be willing to make monetary contributions to the center or even purchase items such as cardiovascular equipment.
The presentation notes that the county already has a local commitment of $50,000 toward purchase of equipment for the center.
Finally, “minimal” admission fees, according to county staff, could offset operating costs.
The presentation suggests $225,000 in annual revenue could be generated if at least 1,500 citizens joined at an annual cost of $150 per individual.
The presentation proposes a fee of $120 per year for individuals living in Pulaski County and $240 per year for county families. Members from outside the county could be assessed a higher fee.
The county also proposes establishing a discount system for persons affected by layoffs or in need of financial assistance.

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