CITY SHOULD CONVERT Anderson Fire Station to YOUTH CENTER
Posted: 03 December 2012 10:45 AM   [ Ignore ]
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This city DESPERATELY needs a YOUTH CENTER. Want to CUT FUNDING for youth agencies? I understand that FUNDING anything now a days is tough. So here is my vision and my idea.

I HAVE noticed that the city is wasting space currently at the old Anderson Ave fire station. I HAVE WANTED TO OPEN a Youth Center for years. A FREE building or even a reasonable lease that the CITY doesn’t have to build and convert to a youth center is RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. Why wait YEARS TO BUILD one off of TAX PAYERS money when we can convert a building already owned and operated by the city? (I assume it is owned by the City)

My vision—The city needs a youth center where the cities youth can hang out. This city needs an area for youth to hang out and have fun at an affordable price. Maybe someone can run with this idea.

Convert the ANDERSON AVE building to a place where city youth can hang out. $30 monthly membership for a family. YOU HAVE TO CHARGE so you can revoke the membership from the whole family when problems arise. There can also be scholarships provided by local businesses etc. HIGHSCHOOL students can also be employees (Juniors and Seniors Only).

Center includes a Game Room, Reading (study) room, basketball courts, soccer field, Lounge area, and a kitchen

A school bus can be used to run after school routes to Center from the 8th centers and one from the highschools.

I wonder what the capacity could be for a given day?

 

Funding- Since this would be geared towards 8th through 12th grade you can charge a monthly membership for families. $30 a month is reasonable for what you can have in it. Lets assume you can get 300 students to sign-up but you lose 100 of them because the $30 is a FAMILY membership. Roughly $6000 a month.

Also I am huge into shameless advertising (CHECK OUT MY COPELAND INSURANCE CAR) BTW I THINK WE SHOULD ADVERTISE ON OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL BUSES. YOUR WASTING VALUABLE ADVERTISING SPACE.

1. The building can be named after the highest bidder that includes a 7 year contract of being named “Wynn Butler Youth Center”. Lets assume you bid $10,000 to have that, Just to name it BTW.

2. Other areas include naming rights to various rooms- The “Briggs Auto game Room” which is full of Xbox’s and Playstations and arcade games. $4000

3. The Mercury Reading Room-- Sponsored by the Mercury of course. FREE ADVERTISING SWAP. Used for studying- USD 383 Sponsors KSU tutors to room

4. Bob Strawn Plaza—$25,000. This is a two court basketball area out back and a Mini Soccer field. There is also a GOLDEN statue to commemorate the wonderful deeds he did as mayor. THIS IS MY FAVORITE.

5. BOCKERs2 Catering Kitchen—- $2000 THIS IS WHERE LEFT OVERS ARE BROUGHT FROM AREA RESTAURANTS. Students can pig out for FREE. Why throw your food out as a business owner when you get a TAX DEDUCTION for donating all of the leftovers to the “WYNN BUTLER YOUTH CENTER”

6. Fast eddies Pool hall—DONATED OLD POOL TABLES SO THEY GOT THE NAME FOR FREE.

7. RENT OUT FOR BIRTHDAY PARTIES——

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Posted: 03 December 2012 10:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Josh,
Nice thoughts but wrong location.  The youth that need services are not on that side of town.

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Posted: 03 December 2012 11:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Find a suitable location over there Mike. Thats why buses shuttle over there.

From my experience as a Former student, and teacher… That area has just as big as a need if thats what you wanna go by. Look at all of the low income housing being built around my house on scenic. There are at least 30 apts in that area now and around 80 town homes. Beyond that Rich Kids have an easier ability to dabble in drugs at a younger age. I CAN GUARANTEE YOU that when I was in 8th grade at EISENHOWER there was a stronger POT problem at Anthony Middle School then At Eisenhower. This is about keeping kids active and not twiddling their thumbs at home while there parents are at work.

This center isnt about socio-economic level. Its about filling a need.

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Posted: 03 December 2012 12:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Josh…  Excellent idea.  Here’s what you’ll run into, however, from the City Commission….

1.  “Not in my backyard!”  You have City Commissioners who live on the west side.  Since we KNOW there are no kids in need west of Seth Childs, the same folks who want free swim time for the Marlins will be upset if you “import the problem” to their ritzy area.
2.  If we can’t spend a few hundred thousand designing the fanciest, greatest, prettiest, biggest… it ain’t gonna happen in Manhappiness.  We can’t even build fire stations that aren’t Taj Mahal type structures.  The City would rather raze this building and spend a few million replacing it with something “limestone” than to see it utilized in its present state.
3.  A youth center would be too easily identified by the Tea Party as benefitting a “liberal social service agenda”.  We’re already working diligently to defund as many programs as the political scene will allow.  It would be political suicide for two radical commissioners to ever allow “gubmint” to operate something for kids.  After all, I’m sure this would become nothing but a “boot camp for liberals” and every kid would be quickly indoctrinated into the Socialist Party of America.

I would believe the facility would be far better utilized as something similar to what you describe than to merely be a storeroom for Parks & Rec.  However, I assume the space will be quickly cannibalized by City staff and will then be far too important to the “vital functions of the City” than to ever see it converted to something to assist youth.

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Posted: 03 December 2012 01:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Josh:  Not a bad idea.  We do have enough buses around between aTa and the Schools to handle transportation.  We do have a senior center and the Douglas Center – all supported by the city.  As an Army Brat I can recall that just about every post that we lived at overseas had a Youth Center called the AYA – American Youth Association.  You have some good funding ideas.  Larry is a bit of a pessimist; my backyard is very close to the Low Income housing on Anderson Avenue.  Any opposition that I might have to a project of this nature would have nothing to do with the location.  The details of funding would be the big concern.  If something like this did get off the ground, it could maybe qualify for funds through the Special Alcohol Board.  Larry is correct that I would not want to see this added to our outside agencies requests and be tagged to the general fund.  The City does however support and provide tax dollars to the Douglas Center and the Senior Center which may be similar in concept.

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Posted: 04 December 2012 01:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Josh, nice idea, but I have to agree with Larry that it sounds like a social service that will need tax dollars to subsidize it, and you know, we really can’t be subsidizing everything.  Maybe the city should just demolish the building—after all it’s so old—and make the space the designated parking lot for the Seniors’ Center.

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Posted: 04 December 2012 02:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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KD, that’s an even better idea!!!!  Give the Senior Center parking to the City’s favored developer.  Raze the fire station on Anderson.  Turn it into a parking lot and have the ATA busses haul the Senior to the Center downtown.

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