The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Opinion

June 1, 2014

YMCA 'ball' now in city's court

The YMCA/event center project is now back on track, thanks to a $1 million pledge from L-3 Mission Integration. It has been more than a year since Greenville voters approved a $15 million bond to build to new Y.

But little, if anything has been done to get the project underway.

Granted, there have been some issues from the YMCA’s end. Jerry Ransom, who initially donated $1 million to the project, pulled his money out due to issues with YMCA leadership, then recommitted, and has since left the project again.

But with a new support committee leader in David Bench and L-3’s pledge, the Y is poised to move forward. With the city’s largest employer behind the project, the pressure is now on the city to commit to getting the new YMCA off the ground.

Either the city needs to put the bond up for sale, hire an architect and start breaking ground, or they need to officially shelve the project.

Regardless, the city council has to give Greenville residents a clear idea of what is going on. $15 million is a lot of money and acquiring that debt will certainly affect how the city spends money moving forward.

And for the YMCA, being in this holding pattern can’t be easy. Their current building will only continue to deteriorate, and the organization has programs to plan for and dozens of employees to look out for.

The ball is officially in the city’s court, and they must make a clear, definitive decision sooner rather than later.

 This opinion reflects that of the Herald-Banner editorial board. The board can be reached at editor@heraldbanner.com

 

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