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Mayor: Foglia/Village Partnership Not a Done Deal

A memorandum of understanding has been drafted that would turn over day-to-day management of park and recreation programs to the Foglia Y.

A memorandum of understanding that outlines a possible merger between the and the is not a done deal, said Mayor Suzanne Branding.

Instead, the document provides a framework, she said.

"It's not anything that's due to be signed," Branding said. "It's in the very preliminary stages."

The memorandum of understanding outlines responsibilities and benefits for the village and the Foglia YMCA should the two join forces to offer park and recreation opportunities. Under the agreement, the Foglia YMCA would take over the day-to-day management of all of the village-owned recreation facilities and programs. The Foglia Y would also generate new programs, evaluate existing recreation programs for cost-effectiveness and eliminate those that don't meet that criteria, and maintain the right to sell Foglia Y memberships to generate revenue and keep recreation program costs down.

With the latter proposal, a financial assistance program would be available. In addition, the village's existing park and recreation staff would be retained for up to a year, but then employees' job performance would be evaluated for further employment with the Foglia Y.

For its part, the village of Lake Zurich would allow the Foglia Y to use all of the village-owned park and recreation facilities. The village would also assist in recruiting employees and volunteers, and provide general liability coverage and maintenance of facility expenses.

Branding pointed out that the memorandum provides for a 12-month written notice to terminate the agreement.

She said while discussions about this potential partnership started several months ago, "in all honesty, it hasn't been a regular discussion."

Branding said the two agencies have a "duplication of services, and we're looking at combining those."

She said moving forward with such a partnership would definitely bring a cost savings to Lake Zurich, but she doesn't yet know what that cost savings would be.

"I think we would be remiss in not looking at it," said Branding. She said there are a lot of projects on the table, including those discussed at a recent , and it's difficult to fund them all.

"The bottom line is there are more things to spend money on than there's money to be spent, and there's going to have to be some tough decisions made," said Branding. "I think we'd be remiss if we didn't turn every rock over."

The Lake Zurich Village Board will hold its required annual meeting with the Park and Recreation Advisory Board Dec. 13. While that meeting will largely be spent discussing the , Branding anticipates that the memorandum of understanding will also be discussed.

"This is a very preliminary document," Branding said. "There's no intention of signing this document as it is."

New resident November 22, 2011 at 03:49 AM
I think this can be a good thing but there are a lot of questions to be answered. Do residence now have to become a Y member to go to the beaches? What about the preschool teachers will they get to keep their jobs? I specifically take my child to park district for their teachers and the curriculum being taught for district 95. Also, if this doesn't work out between the two parties will Lake Zurich reclaim everything or is it lost to nobody and the community no longer has what it use to have? I don't think it is fair that residents would have to become a Y member in order to save on our facilities. That's why we pay taxes! I love our preschool teachers and I would hate to see them go because the Y may want to bring in their own that don't teach the same curriculum .
Say it isn't so November 22, 2011 at 12:50 PM
It would be almost illegal to make you join, Mr. Foglia is still involved in how his money is spent and it better be all about the children- We really need to get the village out of everything but police and fire.............
Resident 225 November 22, 2011 at 03:25 PM
There are many concerns with this as pointed out by new resident. The Y will probably look for membership if you want to participate in programs such as the daycare. Also, will residents need to join the Y to use the parks that they maintain with their taxes? Tired - there's more to a community than police and fire. Residents look for recreational opportunities as part of a community. There have been two surveys in the past 10 years that indicate residents want more not less when it comes to parks and recreation.
Say it isn't so November 23, 2011 at 01:20 AM
Take that survey again now that there are monumental issues in the village. Politicians dont make a community, neighbors do, 70% of our tax bill goes to the schools- something gotta give.......
Resident 225 November 23, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Most recent survey was done in late 2010/early 2011 and residents want more recreational opportunities not less. I agree politicians don't make a community - never implied that they did - neighbors want opportunities to gather for themselves and their families without having to pay a Y membership.

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