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Stange asks for special September session to discuss community center

6-month lease expires at the end of 2020

SOLON– It’s time to talk about the future of the Solon Community Center.
At the end of an Aug. 19 Solon City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Stange asked for a September work session to discuss the converted school building.
Stange said he had individual conversations with council committee members, as well as City Administrator Cami Rasmussen and Recreation Director Tom Harder, regarding the facility the city has operated since June of 2018.
“I think it’s time we talk about how we’re going to deal with the money situation as far as funding it,” Stange said. The city can expect major cuts to the upcoming budget in funding areas such as road use tax, he said.
“And I think we have to look at the lack of use it is having,” he added. “Is it feasible for us to continue there?”
It’s a big decision the council members have to make, he continued, and deserves its own meeting.
He asked council members to meet in special session on an off-Wednesday toward the end of September.
City council members approved a second six-month lease with the Solon Community School District for the facility June 17, extending the operation of the center to the end of 2020.
In December of 2019, the city and school negotiated a new six-month lease for the former middle school at 313 S. Iowa St. in an attempt to control costs.
The city reduced the amount of space by excluding the classroom wings and annex, while retaining access for the gymnasium, lobby and adjacent offices, cafeteria and kitchen, band room, music room, batting cages, auditorium lobby and auditorium.