The schematic for the originally planned 26,000
square foot building is online click here.
|YMCA Committee Chair Eric Heller|
In other business, Rob Wiggins, President and CEO of the YMCA of the Coastal Bend, answered questions from the audience and discussed the mission and policies of the YMCA. Wiggins stated that the Y operates as a non-profit so while they can't lose money they don't have to make a profit.
|Linda Valdez asks a question|
Wiggins noted that it is the goal of the YMCA to "plus" what we already have in Rockport, not to change things. In planning for Rockport he used a pro-forma algorithm to look at drive distances and estimated that approximately 800 memberships are needed in Rockport. That number may be high but if the memberships don't provide sufficient funding, Wiggins noted that there are various revenue streams, including youth programs, grants, and fundraisers to keep the YMCA solvent.
|Warren Hassinger explains pledge program|
The schematic plan for a larger facility will be modified on a pro bono basis by building designer Mike Mahoney, who has also indicated that there are engineers and others willing to work to control costs for the facility, which will be owned by the City of Rockport and leased to the YMCA of Rockport. Wiggins assured the audience that fees would be less than those in Corpus Christi and are currently anticipated to start at about $30 a month for an individual. Membership categories include adult, senior, youth, family, couples, and more. The YMCA also provides support for low-income families to be able to join at reduced rates. All health and wellness programs are usually included in the basic fee with additional fees for special summer programs, programs that require uniforms or jerseys, and classes.
|Rob Wiggins, President & CEO, YMCA of the Coastal Bend|
If an Executive Director can be hired within the next six months, then additional funds can be raised, the facility design can be finalized, and initial bids can be obtained. The YMCA Committee meets the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall and all are welcome to attend to hear about the plans and raise questions and concerns.
The schematic for the originally planned 26,000 square foot building is online click here.
Jeanette Larson is a retired librarian and author. She and her husband, retired architect and artist Jim Larson, moved to Rockport several years ago for the birds, the beach, and the coastal community.