YMCA offers to operate parks community center in Holts Summit

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The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen is pondering a proposal from the YMCA of Callaway County to take over the city's community center and lease all city parks.

The YMCA would also agree to expand and remodel the Community Center and use it as a YMCA exercise facility, while continuing to allow it to be used as a community center.

The proposal was made by Patty Miller of Fulton, YMCA executive director, at Monday night’s alderman meeting. The YMCA of Callaway County operates two facilities in Fulton and wants to add another in Holts Summit.

Miller said the YMCA as part of the agreement would spend $475,000 to remodel and expand the community center. She said all current city parks agreements would continue with the Holts Summit Optimist Club and volleyball club as well as use of the Community Center by the Soup Kitchen to provide free meals to needy people.

Miller said if an agreement is reached between the city and the YMCA to allow the YMCA to operate the parks and occupy the community center, both the city and the YMCA would have the option of ending the arrangement at the end of the first nine months of operation.

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