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|City Council to Consider YMCA Soccer Complex Funding
|A major financial commitment by the City of Galesburg to something that many have talked about having for a long time in the city could be reality if the Galesburg City Council signs off on the plan Monday night.
Aldermen this evening will consider giving nearly $400,000 to the Knox County YMCA for the construction of a new soccer complex. Three soccer fields would be constructed along with more parking, and one of those fields would be lighted.
City Manager Dane Bragg, who will recuse himself from formal discussion because he's on the Y's board of directors, tells WGIL some money has already been left to the city for such a purpose, and would be used under the proposal.
"The first phase of that (funding) would be the 'Thompson funds,'" Bragg said, "which were donated to the city by the late George Thompson for the establishment of a soccer complex. That was around 2000 when that was done. The original donation was about $100,000. Now, it's about $147,000, so we earned some interest on that, and those funds would be allocated."
Bragg says the remaining $250,000 would be given to the YMCA at $25,000 a year for 10 years.
The Y is in the middle of a fundraising campaign for such a complex, and already has funds committed from Carl Sandburg College among others.
Aldermen Monday night will also consider allowing liquor license holders to pay their newly-increased fees in four installments instead of two, and they'll consider a six-figure revolving loan and facade renovation grant for the Bondi Building in downtown Galesburg.
The Galesburg City Council convenes at 7:30 Monday night.
|12 21 09 by Newsroom
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