Buffalo Council OKs Funding For YMCA Repairs

Buffalo City Council
Buffalo City Council

After the Johnson County Commissioners approved $25,000 in funding for additional repairs at the YMCA at their Tuesday meeting, the Buffalo City Council then had their opportunity to discuss the issue at their meeting later that evening, where they also approved the YMCA using the unused 1% funds.

Buffalo Mayor Mike Johnson explained to the rest of the council that during the repairs to the roof of the YMCA building this summer, it was discovered that windows over the pool area in the roof were leaking, causing damage to the building that needed to be repaired, along with the replacement of the windows.
In addition, it had been suggested to install snow bars on the roof to protect equipment on the roof and people on the ground from falling snow.

Mayor Johnson said the YMCA had requested just over $36,000 for the repairs, and the county commissioners had approved allocated but unused 1% funds, subject to the city council also approving the use of the funds.

The mayor then asked the council to consider approving the use of the 1% funds for the repair project at the YMCA.

Councilman Russ Humphrey voiced his concern over giving more money to the “Y” when they had received over $200,000 from the city and county for roof repairs already.
He was also concerned about them spending money on repairs when they were looking into the possibility of building a new YMCA/rec center.

Councilman Wes Haskins said the YMCA building has leaks that will continue to cause more damage if it isn't fixed, and the building is a city-owned asset they need to maintain.

Mayor Johnson then reminded Humphrey the new YMCA/rec center was far from being approved.

The council voted unanimously to allow the use of the $25,000 in 1% funds for the repairs on the YMCA building.

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