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Posted on Mar 20, 2015

Booster club submits a program wish list for city’s new rec center

The Quincy Booster Club on Tuesday presented the city council with a wish list of amenities it would like to see in a new city-owned recreation center.

Among those items the club hopes the city considers is an indoor pool, two regulation basketball courts that can convert to four regulation volleyball courts, an indoor jogging and walking track, a batting cage, a climbing wall and opportunities for dance classes, badminton, karate and indoor soccer.

The city has been looking for property to build a recreation center on for several months. It has allocated money for the purchase of property this year. Mayor Jim Hemberry said the city is in talks with one landowner in town about a potential location.

“We are really working hard on it, but we haven’t gotten there yet,” Hemberry said.

There is a significant shortage of gym space in Quincy for children and adult recreation programs, which must compete with school programs and schedules, said Chuck Allen, a member of the booster club who spoke to the city council on Tuesday.

Allen asked that the city consider building a high school-sized gym that would open up year-round recreational opportunities for citizens of all ages.

The booster club this year will spend $3,000 on youth sports equipment, and hopes to be able to provide some of the equipment needed for a new recreation center, Allen said.

“We want to be a partner with the city when it comes to outfitting the recreation center,” he said.

In other city business, the council approved the spending of $17,579 on three traffic feedback speed signs that will be put at each of the city’s entrances.

The signs, mounted above speed limit signs and powered by solar energy, will show drivers how fast they are traveling coming into town. The city will be able to get data from the signs as well.

“We’ve had an ongoing problem with people coming into the city at high rates of speed,” said Dave Reynolds, the city’s maintenance supervisor.

The city also approved the purchase of a new dump truck at a cost $153,382. The city has been setting money aside for three years to pay for the new truck and a plow for it.

And the city council gave staff authorization to award the new municipal office complex bid to the lowest acceptable bidder. Bids were due last week; however, some contractors have submitted questions, causing the bidding process to be extended, said Ariel Belino, city engineer. Belino expected to award a bid next week.

The project, which includes a new police department and city administrative offices, is expected to cost between $3 million and $3.5 million. Construction on the project could start as early as mid-April. The major construction project, which is largely a renovation project, will be completed in three phases, and will be completed in about two years, Belino said.


— By Jill FitzSimmons,