By MARTHA McCLAIN
Special to the PRESS
The Laguna Vista Town Council this week unanimously approved a service agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Madre.
At the Town’s July meeting, Club representatives agreed in principle with the funding request which stressed the need for financial support to facilitate operations.
Last funded by the Town in 2010, the Club has encountered recent organizational and financial issues, prompting supporters to reevaluate its operations in efforts to assist in its reformation.
Club spokesmen Robert Rodriguez and Heather Scott told Council members last month that the Club needed financial assistance to help finish its current summer programs and requested $5,000 in support.
“The Town Council recognizes the need to provide a wholesome, safe and appropriate environment to educate and nurture the development of the Town’s resident children,” the agreement reads. “Funds provided by the Town to the Agency for services rendered are to be considered payment for these specific services, and are not to be construed in any manner as a contribution or donation,” the agreement continues.
Councilman Gary Meschi, who served as a past board member for the Club, avidly supported the objectives of the club, saying last month that the entity has served the community well over the years. “If you save one kids from the streets, how much is that worth?” he asked. “The work the club does in this area with low income families. They have every opportunity to do things the wrong way, use drugs, and get in trouble. That club has saved some kids,” he added.
Services stipulated include education/career development activities, art activities, sports, fitness and recreation activities, character and leadership development activities and health/life skills development activities.
“Should the delivery of any portion of the services by the Agency cease for any reason prior to the end of the agreement period stated, upon written demand made by the Town, the agency shall reimburse the Town for payment rendered on prorated basis for the remainder of the Agreement period,” the agreement reads.
The Club is required to submit quarterly written reports identifying the number of Town residents who participate in the programs offered.
The Council also approved the return of $17,700 to the Town’s Community Development Corporation. The funding had been granted to the Town for a Phase II Trail Pak Improvement expansion project which was subsequently determined to be too small to warrant the expense. As the funds were unexpended, the Council agreed to return the money and potentially return with a request for a future project.
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