Taylor listens to voters, tables plans for new YMCA

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by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on February 28, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 12:03 AM

TAYLOR, Texas -- Disappointment: that’s the feeling from the Taylor City Council after plans for a rec center fell through.

"We thought it was a win-win, and when the situation changed, well quite frankly, nobody was ready for that,” said Taylor City Manager Jim Dunaway.

However, the feeling from the people living in Taylor is the complete opposite.

“I was very pleased, very pleased,” said longtime resident Rebecca Cuba.

The plans for a rec center fell through after a last-minute decision from the YMCA on a location and building plan in Taylor. So Dunaway decided to table the project, instead focusing on street improvements.

Several months ago, KVUE Defenders discovered the people of Taylor had voted “no” to a new rec center, in favor of spending city money on improving streets. But the City Council decided to go forward with the rec center project anyway.

Click here to read the KVUE Defenders story.

“I recommended constantly to the council that we move forward with this project, despite public criticism, because I felt a need for it,” Dunaway said.

The City lost an estimated $100,000 in the failed rec center planning, but will use the remaining millions to begin street improvements as soon as 2014.

"It's just important for the infrastructure of a city to take care of those things," said Cuba.

The first street project is a 14-mile area that had been given a “fair” grade.

“We’re going to work fair to good, and then we're probably going to look at the lesser cost first to try to fix those first,” said Dunaway.

The total cost of the street project is an estimated $66 million, so the Taylor City Council will continue to discuss ways to fund the remaining balance.

There will be a November election to call for a street utility fund, which would charge homeowners a monthly fee to go toward street improvements.

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