WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?
YMCA Consulting Agreement
The YMCA entered into a consulting agreement with the Fairmont Area Community Center Foundation. This begins to give the YMCA a physical presence in Fairmont and let’s them start deciding on what programming is a need in Fairmont.
Architect/Engineer & Construction Manager Contracts Signed
The contract with 292 Design Group and Kraus-Anderson were approved at the May 23.
Design elements finalized and costs formalized.
Public engagement and review of designs and costing components.
City Council approves final design, components and cost.
ACTION COMMITTEE FORMATION
- The committee was formed February 2017.
- City Sent out letters to citizens interested in this project.
- Committee formed to perform due diligence on community center project as sales tax started to come in.
- Initial 1590 surveys – over 2000 responses
- Stakeholder meetings
- Fair booth
- Articles in paper
- Updates to City council
- Public meeting at Opera House
- City first contacted YMCA to gauge interest
- YMCA performed own due diligence
- YMCA brings national programming and resources, expertise to running these facilities
- YMCA is willing and eager to come to Fairmont
- Experts believe $20 million for a town our size is typical
- City commitment $14 million, private fundraising $6-7M as needed
- Worked with experts to get actual costs to build various designs.
- YMCA requested an initial fundraising effort for a “founder’s fund.” This would be money set aside to support the YMCA.
- A foundation will be established to raise money every year to support YMCA efforts. Will be made up of local volunteers.
OPERATING COST & OWNERSHIP
- YMCA will be responsible for its own operating budget. YMCA will cover any losses it might incur.
- The city will own the facility and enter into an operating agreement with the YMCA to run the facility.
- The city will have no responsibility to fund losses.
- Capital improvements will be funded by some combination of the city and the foundation.
- Goal would be to transition facility to the foundation after some period of time when YMCA is fully established.
- City would receive land from Mayo with stipulation that it must be used for a community center and if the city ceases to do so, the building must be transferred to the foundation.
We had a great time at the Fair! Thanks to all of you who stopped by our booth and chatted with us about the Fairmont Area Community Center project. We appreciate all of you who came in support of the Community Center and to those of you who came with questions. A common question we received was about the Citizens 4 a Strong Fairmont proposal and how this proposal relates to the Community Center project. First and foremost – the Foundation and the YMCA are interested in collaborating with any...