Partnership with parks gets second public forum

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By The Staff

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Members of Bullitt Fiscal Court want to hear more input from the public over the possible partnership with the Bullitt County YMCA.

    But YMCA officials want to make sure the proper message is getting out.

    June Daugherty, executive director of the Bullitt County YMCA, talked with Bullitt Fiscal Court members about the proposal to partner with the county’s parks and recreation department.

    At an earlier night-time meeting, proponents and opponents to such an arrangement voiced their opinions.

    Magistrate David Walker suggested having another night-time session to only talk about the YMCA proposal.

    He also wanted to ensure that the correct information was conveyed to those interested.

    Daugherty said that it would be a partnership and not a merger or a takeover by the YMCA.

    With the financial problems the county had in opening the four swimming pools last summer and with the budgetary debt incurred by the general fund to support the parks department, Daugherty said the offer to help manage the programs was made.

    She admitted there was a lot of misinformation in the community.

    Besides the offer being a partnership and not a takeover, Daugherty said a committee would be set up to make sure the programs are enhanced and the money spent wisely.

    She said there would be competitive leagues in the various sports.

    And the YMCA is involved with various partnerships in the county and all have worked well.

    Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts said she wanted to see discussions continue on the possible agreement. However, she didn’t want to make a decision that day and felt like Walker that more comments from the public were needed.

    “This is certainly an idea worth pursuing,” said Roberts.

    The special meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the fiscal courtroom of the courthouse. The public is invited to attend.

    At the prior gathering, the comments were fairly divided on the proposal. Many of the speakers represented basketball teams and were very pleased with the way the league is operated. Others were concerned about the non-competitive nature of the YMCA leagues.

    The county currently operates basketball and baseball/softball leagues. The YMCA has soccer, as well as basketball and baseball leagues.

    YMCA officials said it would be the committee that would determine the structure and operation of the leagues.

    The county also has a small park near its pool at Maryville Elementary.