Meeting set for Tuesday on recreation center

January 12, 2013

A special meeting has been set for 10 a.m. Tuesday for members of the Commissioners Court to meet with representatives of the school district and YMCA regarding the planned rec center.

Voters approved the $10 million facility in November. The county is going to contract with the YMCA of Hood County to staff it and handle day-to-day operations.

Tuesday’s meeting will be held in the Central Jury Room at the Justice Center on West Pearl Street. The public can attend.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Dick Roan said that he and Steve Berry, who represents Precinct 4, are scheduled to meet Monday afternoon with GISD Superintendent Jim Largent regarding an interlocal agreement for the project.

The school district is going to provide the land for the rec center, which will be the site of swim practices and swim meets. However, certain steps must be taken before the county can build on the school district’s land. The area is located off James Road near Acton Middle School.

County Judge Darrell Cockerham said the workshop on Tuesday will be a good opportunity to bring newly elected commissioners James Deaver and Jeff Tout up to speed on the project. He said that Largent, as well as school board president Micky Shearon, are expected to be there.

“We’re hoping just to get everybody there together and make sure everybody is singing out of the same hymnal,” Cockerham commented.

Once the i’s have been dotted and the t’s crossed on the agreement over the land, an architect will be hired to draw up plans and the bidding process will start for the construction of the building, the judge said.

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