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Fitness center A big project

The talk of people, particularly in the medical and insurance fields, is fitness, mentally and physical.

Today’s society is far removed from years when folks had to perform manual labor to exist and provide for families.

Gardens provided food. They didn’t come from shelves of supermarkets or refrigerated coolers. Cows, hogs, chickens and horses had to be cared for. Field crops had to be cultivated and harvested.

Man is wiser and weaker. Sitting at desks, standing at workstations and pushing buttons as machinery does the work is today’s lifestyle.

Fitness-wellness centers with all the fancy equipment and programs seem necessary today.

Years ago countywide drives resulted in the construction of the Hensel Eckman YMCA and then the Louisa Chrisley Fitness Center at Pulaski County High School, ostensibly for use by the general public.

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors is now looking at developing a recreation-wellness center for the county.

Three scenarios were presented to the supervisors; all with the premise that no tax increases should be required to keep it operational.

A citizens committee, appointed by the board, studied the matter, looking at existing buildings as possible sites for such a facility, or a new building.

Estimated costs range from the $5.6 million to $11.5 million and the report contained estimated revenues and staffing costs.

A chart for proposed membership fees was also included. Rates are for families, individuals, monthly, daily and non-residential users.

The ball, so to speak, is now in the supervisors’ court.

It is their responsibility to use taxpayers’ monies wisely, as well as considering the welfare of the public.

Randolph Park, as has been espoused numerous times, is a diamond in the county’s coffers, drawing visitors from far and wide for activities.

Such a center could add to that picture.

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