UNION — Union City Council passed an ordinance on Tuesday to appropriate funds from the general fund for fiscal year 2012-2013 for renovations at the Union County YMCA.
Council awarded a bid of $27,000 to Kingsmore Construction on May 15 for the renovations, but due to delays in receiving materials, the project’s completion was delayed until after June 30, when the appropriated project funds lapsed. Scott Sandor, Union County YMCA director, requested that funds from the current fiscal year be appropriated since the funds from FY 2011-2012 were not used.
Renovations were completed in the men’s and women’s locker rooms as well as second-floor restrooms outside the gymnasium.
“Those restrooms had not been renovated since the building was a school building,” Sandor said. “The partitions were rusted, walls needed repair, the floors were in bad shape, doors were messed up.”
The restrooms are primarily used by after-school and summer camp participants, as well as players and parents at soccer games at the YMCA.
“It’s a better reflection on the community as a whole,” Sandor said, explaining that visitors from surrounding areas attend YMCA soccer games, and those restrooms are the ones to which they have access.
In the locker rooms, the floors were renovated with treatment, sealer and an epoxy material. Sandor pointed out the benefits of the material such as its non-slip characteristics and the fact that it serves as a moisture barrier, which is beneficial in a locker room with showers, sinks and toilets.
“If we had a plumbing issue, water wouldn’t run up under walls and into different rooms,” Sandor said.
Sandor said the floors had previously only been painted, and moisture from the showers caused chipping. He also said material on the new floors is made to withstand scuffs and marks, and several YMCA members have inquired about getting the material installed for their own personal projects.
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