The town will pledge $100,000 to contribute to a new YMCA facility here.
The pledge will spread over five years, $20,000 a year.
The town council voted 4-0 in favor of the pledge at last week’s town council meeting. Council member Buck Kennedy recused himself from the vote because he serves on the YMCA’s Advisory board.
Assistant Town Manager Rodney Dickerson said the town will pay the first year’s pledge with property tax revenue at the end of the year.
The following years’ payments will be included in each budget. This year’s budget was passed in June.
“It's a good addition to the community,” Dickerson said. “It has an outstanding reputation for its quality of life for communities.”
The YMCA of Garner has been raising money to build a facility in Garner. The facility will be named the Poole Family YMCA. The YMCA raised $5.5 million in its quiet phase and is now in its public phase where anyone can donate money to contribute to its capitol campaign.
Including the town’s contribution of $100,000, the YMCA has raised about $225,000 since entering its public phase.
Melissa Oliver, the YMCA of Garner branch director, said the goal is to raise $7 million by December so they can break ground in early 2016. When it will open is uncertain, but Oliver said it could take between 12 and 18 months to complete construction.
“We still have a long way to go but we’re very optimistic,” Oliver said. “We’re hoping other people will step up and help us get to $7 million.”
The new facility will include an outdoor pool many Garner residents have long wanted.
“We’re just so thankful to Garner,” Oliver said. “It’s so overwhelming how much the community has supported. I cannot tell you how grateful we are. It's pretty incredible the way they have stepped up to embrace the Y like they have.”
The town has planned to start construction on a recreation center in 2016.
Dickerson and Oliver said the plan is to collaborate with each other to make sure they aren’t competing. The plans for both facilities will be different. The recreation center will have three basketball gyms and mulitpurpose rooms.
The YMCA will have a fitness center, a weight room and an outdoor pool. The YMCA will have a membership fee. Dickerson the town has decided whether they will implement a membership fee.
“We think we can co-exist,” Dickerson said. “There is probably enough needs in the town of Garner. In a lot of ways we serve different clientele and the same clientele.”
“There is definitely such a huge need in our community and it takes a lot of partners and providers to meet that need,” she said. “We do collaborate well with the town.”