Camas City Council split on buying rec center

Camas City Council split on buying rec center

first_imgThe Camas City Council will have to put several big concerns to rest if the city is going to open its own community center later this year. City councilors met Monday to discuss buying LaCamas Swim & Sport and converting the 41,000-square-foot building into a public recreation center. The city would finance the purchase with a bond of at least $5.4 million with plans to also buy the land around the building, which has been appraised at about $1.2 million.By the end of the meeting, it was clear the councilors were nowhere near a final decision. While Councilor Shannon Turk, the most vocal supporter among the group, made her case for buying the facility, several others expressed discomfort with the financial picture.For some of the councilors, a deal of this size comes too soon after climbing out of the recession. If the city makes the acquisition, it will spend the next 20 years paying off the building in what Councilor Tim Hazen described as a risky expense for a non-essential service.A new community center has been on the city’s wish list for decades, but the funding to build a facility was never quite manageable, said Randy Curtis, who chairs the city’s community center committee. LaCamas Swim addresses those problems, and it would come at about a quarter of the cost of an option the city considered about eight years ago, Curtis said.last_img


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