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SYI’s leadership in jeopardy

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville Youth Inc. Board of Directors was confronted with both good news and bad news, as members brought their Sept. 6 meeting to order.

The positive news came from the summer recreation department, with its news about its growing swimming program. The negative announcement was about the board’s own shrinking numbers.

Summer Recreation Director Jason Shelley said that more than 5,000 day passes, an SYI pool record, were sold this past swim season. The pool’s 5,601 open swim visitors kept the facility busy for 73 consecutive days, from June 23 – Sept. 3. The facility originally opened in 1960.

Board President Wende Pukay informed the six members in attendance that SYI leadership was in jeopardy of becoming inadequate, “as only 10 of the 15 seats on the board are currently filled.” Longtime Board Member Terry Skelton said, “It seems like the same five or six people are doing all the work.”

Past Board President Nils Wikman said that he thought it was important to make the public aware that board members need to commit to only one meeting per month. “What we need is for some of the younger SYI parents to step up, come to our meetings and provide input,” Wikman said.

Shelley’s pool report also showed that 295 children took Red Cross swim lessons, the same number as last year. The number of early morning competitive lap swimmers has doubled since 2011, to 30 members.

With summer swim numbers’ growing and other youth sports in need of attention, the board of directors said that it was imperative that the public becomes involved.

In other SYI news:

– Shelley also reported participation numbers for four summer camps run by SYI: basketball had 19 kids, soccer had 15, volleyball had 12 and tennis had 11. First Tee golf lessons attracted 21 youngsters, while summer bowling drew 12.

– A new drinking fountain was installed at the pool and the cracks in the basketball court were patched.

– Shelley recommended that an additional bicycle rack be purchased for the pool grounds next year and that more tables and lounge chairs be added.

– Wikman reported raising $3,214 at the SYI mid-August A Night at the Derby fundraiser. Several board members voiced support for making this adults-only outing an annual event.

– The board is making plans to purchase shorter basketball nets to accommodate elementary school players this winter.

– The ski club will be advertising its sign-ups shortly, but bus transportation needs to be worked out. Last year’s ridership averaged six – eight skiers per night.

– The board members announced that they would like to bring floor hockey back this winter, but that they are having trouble finding available gym time.

The next SYI Board meeting will be held Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in the village court boardroom on the second floor, at 72 Franklin St., Springville.

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