Ashland one step closer to getting a YMCA

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ASHLAND - YMCA officials were optimistic Wednesday after the Ashland Board of Aldermen approved a contract Tuesday for $50,000 to help pay for a new YMCA in southern Boone County. 

Ashland has raised over $300,000 toward the YMCA Founder's Campaign, which was started last fall. The city needs $500,000 to continue with the project. 

Jefferson City Area YMCA COO Joe Lopez said that over half of the city's money has come in over the last two weeks. 

Weights clanking, loud music, and sweaty clothes were the sight at the Jefferson City YMCA Wednesday where CEO Craig Lammers said a new workout facility could help bring families together.

"I think the opportunity to connect the whole family and engage them in healthy living and youth development opportunities are really something that could benefit the community," he said.

Lammers said he believes that the money needed could be met by its deadline. 

"If there's a will there's a way and I think in this case for them to obtain the $500,000 goal is very possible."

The year-long campaign will end on Nov. 14 with a dinner and auction.