Stone questions use of community center

Carol Stone, a regular attendee at Sunnyside City Council meetings, questioned Council members last week about the use of the Sunnyside Community Center at South Hill Park.

Stone wanted to know why the community center was closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

"We want kids to be able to use the community center," said Stone.

Stone suggested switching the days the community center is open from Monday through Thursday to Wednesday through Saturday. Stone added that summer is right around the corner and the center should be open for youngsters.

Stone was also shocked to learn that a youngster had been banned from the community center, where the city's recreation department is located, for a year because of an altercation the youngster was involved in.

Mayor Ed Prilucik voiced his support of City Manager Bob Stockwell and Recreation Coordinator Joan Neimeyer.

"If that (being banned from the center) occurs, it occurs with just cause," said Prilucik.

Stockwell said the center is closed on Fridays because the facility is open extended hours Monday through Thursday. Stockwell said the community center is closed on the weekends so it can be utilized for rentals. Stockwell added that when the center was open on Fridays there was a huge drop-off in attendance.

Stockwell also voiced his support of Neimeyer in banning anyone from the facility who causes problems.

"The message we want to send the community is if you want to act that way, go somewhere else," said Stockwell.

Council takes no action following executive session

The Sunnyside City Council took no action following about a 30-minute executive session last week.

The executive session was advertised as a review of personnel.


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