New YMCA in Moberly will Cost
Tax on tourism will foot much of the $6 million bill. The city council passed a proposal at Monday's meeting that will.
Resident Doug Sumpter plans to take full advantage of everything a new YMCA will offer.
"I'd play on the new basketball courts all the time, swim, and lift weights," Sumpter said.
And he said it will go the extra mile for the city.
Sumpter said, "It'll probably get a lot more tourists and everything to come here and enjoy the 'Y' and then they'll stop by the other stores and everything."
"What we're looking to do is to build - to construct a 33,500 square foot facility here in Moberly," said Nate Seidl of the Randolph YMCA. "And with that will be an indoor aquatics facility that will be the only one in Randolph County."
City officials said they accepted the YMCA's $6 million proposal because the YMCA will host events drawing people to other Moberly businesses.
"The tourism commission was satisfied with that, and voted unanimously to provide $5000 per year for a ten year period."
The new 'Y' won't cost residents, but only visitors in Moberly.
"It only comes from people who rent a room at a hotel or motel here in Moberly," described City Manager Gary Edwards.
The Tourism Commission will get money for the project from Moberly's 2% tax on every bed hotels and motels check out.
As a community effort, Moberly residents and businesses will keep working out this plan. Moberly city officials have scheduled groundbreaking for next spring. They hope to open the new YMCA in 2007.