Thursday, April 7, 2011 | 2:05 a.m.
The North Las Vegas City Council voted Wednesday to finalize contract negotiations with the YMCA of Southern Nevada to operate the new SkyView Multi-Generational Center.
During its construction, SkyView lost most of its operating budget, including funds to staff the $18.3 million center scheduled to open June 1, Parks and Recreation Director Michael Henley said.
To open the 36,000-square-foot facility, the city sought proposals for a public-nonprofit partnership. The YMCA was the only group that responded, and in November, the city began negotiating a five-year contract.
“It’s a good compromise,” Henley said. “I think the Y will do a great job.”
The agreement would allow the YMCA and the city to use the center for lifeguard training, senior trips, guest speakers and neighborhood meetings.
The YMCA will set the pricing and the operating schedule, assuming the expenses to operate the center. The nonprofit will have the option to renew its five-year term twice.
Under the contract, the city will pay $410,000 to prepare the center to open. That figure includes $350,000 in furniture, fixtures and equipment as well as $60,000 in pre-opening expenses. This money will come from the city’s capital budget.
Starting in the second year of the contract, the YMCA will pay the city $18,000 per year to offset administration costs.
“We’re pleased and honored to be asked to operate this beautiful center,” said Mike Lubbe, the president and CEO of YMCA of Southern Nevada. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity.”
Councilwoman Anita Wood said the contract was a “good” that came out of the budget cuts, but said she felt “heartbroken that we’re not able to operate this [center] under our manning.”
When it opens in the summer, SkyView will be the YMCA’s fourth branch in Southern Nevada. As North Las Vegas’ third recreation center , SkyView will feature a fitness center, indoor pool, childcare room, multi-purpose rooms, a kitchen, bathrooms, locker areas and administrative offices.
For more information about the YMCA’s programs, visit lasvegasymca.org or call (702) 522-7500. For more information about SkyView and city programs, visit cityofnorthlasvegas.com or call (702) 633-1171.