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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.

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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