Council Approves Funding for YMCA Repairs

Johnson County Family YMCA
Johnson County Family YMCA

The Buffalo City Council, at their meeting Tuesday night, approved more than $26,000 for needed repairs to the city-owned YMCA Building.

Mike Quast, Director of the Johnson County Family YMCA, presented a report to the council from the firm hired to evaluate the building and its facilities.

According to them, the building and facilities are in surpisingly good shape for being 34 years old, but they did identify some areas that need attention, he said.

The pool, spa and the related filtering and chemical systems will eventually need to be replaced at an estimated cost of $107,500.

Also on their list is to replace unit heaters, seal ductwork, sealing and insulation around air-handling units, and to replace the ceiling in the pool area. The estimated cost of these improvements is $244,000 and the YMCA will try to meet those needs through one-percent funding requests. Air conditioning is also on their wish list, Quast said.

Immediate needs for the building and facilities, according to Quast, include block and mortar work on some outside walls, emergency backup battery-powered lighting, and replacement of some doors.

The estimated total cost for these projects is $26,750, and Quast was hoping the council would approve the funding this fiscal year.

The council approved the amount to be taken out of their Building Maintenance Account. The project will now go out to bid.

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