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Posted on: June 28, 2023

Martinsville City Councils hears presentation on plans for new MHC Family YMCA facility

Council recap

Below is a summary of the Martinsville City Council meeting held on Tuesday, June 27th. To watch a video of the entire meeting click here. 

Martinsville-Henry County YMCA request $1 million dollars for new facility

Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA Executive Director Brad Kinkema presented an overview of their plans for a new facility at the corner of Fayette St. and Memorial Blvd. 

The new facility would feature: 

  • Splash pad and outdoor courts and field that would be open to the public
  • Early learning center 
  • Two indoor pools (lap and recreational pool)
  • Community multipurpose rooms and S.T.E.A.M lab
  • Three multiuse indoor basketball courts

The MHC Family YMCA plans to sell their current building in a way that would benefit the community and state membership rates would not increase because of the project. 

At the end of the presentation, Kinkema stated they will be requesting the City to provide $1 million in funding for the project. No action was taken by Council. 

The presentation is available here. 

Update on ARPA funding

City Manager Leon Towarnicki gave an update regarding the use of American Rescue Plan Act funding and the remaining balance. 

In June 2021, the City of Martinsville received a total of $15,463,451 in ARPA funding which was followed by Council earmarking funding for various projects. 

Towarnicki presented update on expenditures that have occurred to date, projected remaining usage of funds based on approved projects and earmarks, and remaining funds to be considered for future use. 

The City currently has $4,062,869 remaining in funding, Council has scheduled a work session to discuss potential plans for the remaining amount of funding. 

The presentation is available here.

Other Business

  • Council voted to approve a cigarette tax increase from $0.30 to $0.40 per pack, effective September 1, 2023
  • Council voted to approve a lodging tax increase from 2% to 7%, effective September 1, 2023
  • Council appointed Lucy Treado to the Arts and Cultural Committee

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