MANSFIELD - The Tioga County branch of the YMCA is looking to grow. To do that, it needs funding.
Board Chairwoman Kathleen Campbell and River Valley Regional YMCA CEO Dave Fagerstrom went to Betterment Organization of Mansfield on Wednesday to ask for assistance.
About $400,000 is needed. The Y leadership is asking for a $5,000 annual donation for five years from the organization. No action was taken beyond hearing the plans for the former armory building that houses the Y.
Calling what has been done to the building so far "a really nice start," Fagerstrom said much remains to bring the 75-year-old building up to standard.
"Since it was opened four years ago, about 2,700 people have used it," he said. "It has a good size summer day camp, youth soccer and afterschool programs as well as a free child watch service during adult classes. Senior classes also are exploding in popularity."
The Tioga County facility employs about 15 people and some university students.
"The armory is not air-conditioned, so we have challenges offering high-quality programs in summer," he said.
The lighting is inefficient and drains resources. Because of the lack of space for the wellness room, which houses treadmills, elliptical machines and stationary bikes, increasing membership is challenging, Fagerstrom said.
In addition, the gymnasium ceiling has issues, and the gym can't easily be used to hold more than one activity at a time.
"On the side of the building facing the high school is a whole bay of empty garage space. We hope to make that the wellness center, with air conditioning and big windows to replace garage doors. We want to offer more to businesses. We have corporate programs, but no capacity," she said.
In other matters, the board:
Appointed board members Bob Wood and Kevin Green to represent BOOM on the Upper Tioga River Regional Authority.
Heard that it will cost $8,800 to replace the Smythe Park electrical system. The system powers vendors at the Fourth of July celebration and the Fabulous 1890s Weekend and the soccer fields used by Southern Tioga School District. Suggestions were made to seek donations from various sources.
Heard a request for about $9,400 for a multi-municipal comprehensive plan by Rettew that includes Mansfield Borough and Richmond, Covington and Putnam townships. Collectively, the study will cost $37,522. No action was taken.