Mayor Calls Special Council Meeting to Discuss Recreation

Meeting will be held Nov. 27 at 6 p.m., an hour before the regularly scheduled council meeting begins.

Yorkville officials will gather for a special city council meeting Nov. 27 to discuss the future of the city's recreation program.

Officials will likely discuss a plan to not only break ties with the REC Center, but will also likely address changes to winter recreation programs the city will offer.

Earlier this month Mayor Gary Golinksi said it was unlikely the city will purchase the REC Center after voters opposed a non-binding referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. After 52 percent of the voters rejected the possibility of buying the REC Center, Golinski said he did not think members of the city council would support a plan to purchase the site.

With the rejection of the referendum, Golinski said it’s likely the city will have to reduce the winter recreation programs it offers. The winter catalogue was set to go to the printers prior to the election, but that has been delayed until city officials can formulate a plan on what can be offered, said City Administrator Bart Olson,

“When it comes out there will be a big drop in the programs… That’s where we are now,” Golinski said following the Nov. 14 council meeting.

During the council meeting Golinski said he met with recreation staff to “talk about an exit strategy.” Staff will move back to their former office space in the post office, he said. He said he also plans on talking with the Walker family, who owns the REC Center building, about the coming transition.

According to unofficial voter results, 52 percent of voters in the 19 precincts in Yorkville rejected the question. Election results show 3,704 voters opposed the idea, while 3,408 voters, or 47.9 percent supported the plan.

terry November 22, 2012 at 02:40 AM
this is all a ploy by the mayor trust me the majority of voters wil b disregarded and the city will buy the rec center dont fear walkers another sweet deal like the lease in 07 is coming your way via yorkville yaxpayers
Kibitzer November 22, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I, for one, am so sick of reading the "woe is me" type comments made by the Mayor, and others who are desperate to keep this Rec center in the city's possession. And the way some people are able to make deals all over the place to their benefit; deals that sound so beneficial to taxpayers, but absolutely detrimental to the same. We seem to have officials who behave as though they are royalty, with the power to inflict pain or pleasure on those who might be considered as "serfs"! Where is the moral fortitude among those who were elected to heed the will of the voters? If something is voted down, even if nonbinding, why can't they just drop it? I wonder.... what is in it for them? Oh, yeah.... popularity.
All Eyes On Me November 22, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I agree with you Terry. This beginning to feel like when the bike path was voted down and they kept pushing for it. I hope this admin has learned from the past admin who tried that.
ray mertens November 22, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I think if the people who are so full of hate would exercise more their hearts wouldn't be so heavy and their waistlines perhaps. I believe the Walkers should be approached on the price and it should be bought while financing is so cheap. After all if the Walker's feel it is so valuable they can't reduce it their property taxes should go through the roof.
Kibitzer November 22, 2012 at 07:23 PM
"ray Mertens"..... Some people in our world today, translate all criticism as being "hate". I am so glad that people don't just give up on trying to make a point, whether a critical one, or not. I don't consider them hate-filled, just judicious and cautious. Many of us who are conservative in our lifestyles, don't feel any hate. We are only trying to stop the "runaway spending freight train" before it jumps the tracks. I, for one, refuse to shrink back from giving my heartfelt opinion on matters that will affect me and my household financially.
Kibitzer November 26, 2012 at 02:43 AM
There should not even have to be another meeting about the Rec Center! It's been discussed enough, in print media for sure, so that people know what it's about. I am sure that some on the council will vote for buying this losing proposition. And of course, the Mayor would be the tie-breaking vote. He has shown himself to be in favor of anything that costs the taxpayers. I hope there will be so many people show up at this meeting on Tuesday evening, that it would be standing room only. I mean for so many people who see how wrong this purchase would be, to show up. Of course, the "pro" people will be there in large numbers. I understand why it is difficult for many, especially older folk, to make it there. It should have been enough that the vote, no matter how close it was, was reason for the council to say no. I don't hold out any hope that we fiscally conservatives will get anywhere. I had pretty much decided not to cast a vote for anything or anyone. I see how little our votes mean to those who have lost their grasp on fiscal reality. It's painful to watch our slide into the abyss of fiscal irresponsibility.
kay November 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM
This whole thing is wrong. Let's take a vote/survey and if the numbers dont turn out the way we like, lets just put a spin on it so they do. They act like 52% isnt that much more than 50%, and say that only 2% of people didnt want to purchase it. The way I see it is that there are what? 17,000 people in Yorkville who could have voted and only 3700 cared enough to vote yes-I think that is about 22% who actually want it and 78% who do not want it. I am all for the rec center, I use it, I just dont believe the City of Yorkville should own it. My opinion is it should be a private business and should have to pay taxes to Yorkville and compete with other health clubs. Dont even get me going on the 10 people who use the Equestrian Center, which should also be a private business. Why doesn't the City of Yorkville just buy the water park too.
Kibitzer November 27, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Well, what's a few more dollars out of our pockets for this insane acquisition? Just saw a headline saying that, this past Friday, the U.S. Treasury borrowed 24.3 billion dollars to make our National debt well over 16 Trillion. So, who cares if a few local citizens come out crying to our city council about how much they need the Rec center? These same people are willing to attach themselves to any scenario that costs taxpayers. I bet some of them follow the same idiocy, (oops! "ideology"), as those in higher office.
Kevin Wagner November 27, 2012 at 03:01 AM
There are not 17,000 eligible voters in Yorkville!
kay November 27, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I used the population of Yorkville found on the internet. Anyway, it's just a hypothesis.
terry November 27, 2012 at 05:17 AM
get ready yorkville taxpayers to own the rec center
terry November 27, 2012 at 05:22 AM
does anyone honestly believe the city council or mayor understand if the rec center was such a winning proposition private business would step in and buy it. trust me the walkers are very nervous but they need not be again yorkville taxpayers to the rescue watch how this unfolds tomorrow night
Dan November 27, 2012 at 06:32 PM
It is a city service, not a business.
kay November 29, 2012 at 01:03 PM
no it is a private business.


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