2014-06-18 / News

Resident’s suggestion doesn’t gain traction

By Roy F. Chalker Jr.

The Family Y won’t be coming to Burke County any time soon.

Following a request from Louis Hrabovsky to invite the YMCA to make a proposal to provide services to local residents, Burke County Commission members Lucious Abrams and Terri Lodge Kelly argued that more support should be given to the county recreation program before any outside agency is brought in.

Hrabovsky, who lives in the northern part of the county and is a member of the YMCA on Tobacco Road in Richmond County, spoke to the commission at its regular monthly meeting June 10. He described a number of programs offered by the Y which are not available here, including swimming programs, child care and transportation and summer camp programs. He said that “95 percent of the children enrolled in the Tobacco Road summer camp received full scholarships and attended at no cost.”

Despite his request that the panel take the first step and start the process to find out what the Y had to offer the county, there seemed to be little enthusiasm from the board and it was decided to consider the recreation needs of the county at a future work session.

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