Recre­ation Com­mis­sion could run new Com­mu­nity Cen­ter

The Covington News - - Front page -

at 7200 Laseter St., was com­pleted a cou­ple of months ago, but af­ter the three years of de­lays, the orig­i­nal pur­pose and man­age­ment of the build­ing was called into ques­tion. The most im­por­tant ques­tion for com­mis­sion­ers was who is go­ing to fund and op­er­ate the cen­ter.

The op­tions over the past cou­ple of years have in­cluded hav­ing Wash­ing­ton Street Com­mu­nity Cen­ter run the cen­ter, hav­ing the cen­ter be self­funded by rent­ing it out like the Mans­field Cen­ter and hav­ing the re­cently cre­ated NHCC non-profit board of direc­tors run the cen­ter, while fund­ing it through a com­bi­na­tion of rental fees and county ap­pro­pri­a­tions. The Recre­ation Com­mis­sion op­tion was first brought up Tues­day.

District 4 Com­mis­sioner J.C. Hen­der­son, in whose district the cen­ter will be lo­cated, has been push­ing for this last op­tion, but Chair­man Kathy Mor­gan and other com­mis­sion­ers have ex­pressed con­cern be­cause the BOC never voted to cre­ate a 501(c)3 for the cen­ter, nor did it ever spec­ify how the cen­ter would be run and op­er­ated. They had some con­cerns about the county

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