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Friday, February 2, 2018

Town Could Partner With YMCA, Maybe

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

A Memorandum of Understanding could assist the Town with development of a new aquatic centre.

Saugeen Shores Committee of the Whole has endorsed town staff's recommendation to work with the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce to develop a Memorandum of Understanding that could assist the town in the development of a new aquatic centre.
A report from Director of Community Services, Jayne Jagelewski, on January 29th states, "The YMCA has a long history of partnering with municipalities to build and operate highly successful recreation facilities that include a pool, and are accessible to the entire community."
It's early in the process but some councillors expressed some concerns.
Deputy Mayor Luke Charbonneau wants to make sure any recreation complex doesn't end up competing with other fitness clubs in the municipality.
He says it's not right that the complex should be subsidized by taxpayers and the money used against business operations in town.
Councillor Neil Menage wants to make sure that any deal with the YMCA doesn't result in municipal staff losing jobs.
Councillor Don Matheson reiterates that any such recreation complex should not be located at the current Plex.
Matheson says any expansion at the Plex, should be for another ice surface and change rooms.
He says any new pool and/or rec facility needs to be located where it is more accessible.
He has suggested in the past that the land behind Saugeen District Secondary School would be a good location.
Council will deal with the issue again on February 12th, 2018.

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