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What If the City Doesn't Buy the REC Center?

A new committee will explore how Yorkville would manage its recreation programs without the REC Center facility.

A handful of city leaders will explore alternatives to using the REC Center building through a committee Mayor Gary Golinski formed in light of .

The houses the Recreation Department administrative staff, fitness equipment and programs, a pool and several recreation classes, although some recreation programs are offered at city parks and at local schools. Aldermen voted unanimously last month not to renew the lease on the REC Center facility in July 2013, and city leaders continue to explore purchasing the building on Yorkville’s north side.

However, this ad hoc committee will consider options for adapting city programs if the city ultimately doesn’t purchase the building, Golinski said.

“It is in no way tied to the progress of the negotiations, which I think are going well,” Golinski said Tuesday morning in an e-mail. “But, we have to be prepared. I've been in enough negotiations to know that everything can fall apart at any time.”

The committee will present its findings and recommendations to the City Council, according to a news release issued Monday.

The city’s Park Board members are expected to discuss the committee’s scope and mission more at their meeting Thursday, which starts at 7 p.m. in the conference room. The ad hoc committee will meet for the first time at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 in the City Hall conference room.

Ward 3 Alderman Chris Funkhouser will chair the ad hoc committee. Other members are Ward 2 Aldermen Larry Kot and Jackie Milschewski and Park Board members Ken Koch and Deborah Horaz.

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