City still discussing time frame for YMCA contract

Published 10:05pm Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Selma City Council decided in a Thursday work session, they would not vote on the contract that specifies money from the recent lodging fee increase to the YMCA of Selma-Dallas County on Feb. 12 as they had originally planned.

Selma city attorney, Jimmy Nunn presented an updated contract to the council after attorney for the YMCA, John Calame, had drafted one previously.

“In talking with our treasurer you will see we had in [the contract] for $1.50 of the tax to be used for the Walker-Johnson facility and we changed that to 75 percent,” Nunn said, explaining that the fee is gathered in a lump sum and there is no way to tell how many rooms paid the fee.

The rest of the discussion was based around the time frame of the agreement between the city council and the YMCA.

“We are already a quarter into this year and we are talking about an agreement that’s going to end nine months later,” Calame said about if the council were to only approve the contract for one year as of March. “What I proposed earlier is that we would have a three-year agreement, with the city having the right to terminate anytime after Jan. 31, 2014.”

Ward 4 Councilwoman Angela Benjamin said a yearly contract would give the council the chance to review the YMCA’s progress. But YMCA volunteers argued that one year would not give needed stability to begin new programs.

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