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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Business Plan for a YMCA Approved by Council

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

Although Saugeen Shores Councillors expressed concerns their vote was unanimous

Saugeen Shores Council has approved a recommendation directing staff to create a Business Plan for a Saugeen Shores YMCA facility, in partnership with the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce.

The vote was unanimous to move forward but not before several council members expressed their concerns.

Deputy Mayor Don Matheson hopes the business plan will answer the questions he still has.

He asked several times whether or not they were looking at a new stand-alone aquatic centre or a rec centre with other amenities, such as fitness rooms and walking track.

He also wanted some sort of indication of where this facility might go.

In a town news release, it was stated the business plan will detail both the potential facility's aquatic features as well as added amenities to ensure financial sustainability.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau says "The YMCA model may be the most financially responsible way to provide a recreation facility (including aquatics) for our community," and he states "The public can stand reasonably assured that we're not going to sign agreements that are going to leave the taxpayer in the lurch."

The Business Plan will be developed internally by town and YMCA staff at no cost, and results are expected in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Pending the results and approval, a recommended timeline for the project includes drawings and investigation of grant opportunities in 2020, fundraising campaigns throughout 2021-2022, and construction by 2023.

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