city ​​of Goleta will take over the management of the community center in 2023 | Local News

the Goleta City Council continued to discuss Goleta Community Center Management Plans at its special meeting on Thursday, when it was decided that the council would extend the rental agreement with the Organization of the Goleta Valley Community Center which manages the center until December 31 and that the city will assume management on January 1, 2023.

Since 1984, the center has been sublet to the Goleta Valley Community Center organization for rent of $1 per year, and the organization has leased space to the community for events, meetings, and class rentals. It also coordinates the use of sports fields and pickleball courts.

The city council wants to take over the management of the center and has drawn up a new strategic plan.

At Thursday’s meeting, Deputy City Manager Kristy Schmidt presented a draft management plan that said the city’s projected annual revenue from the community center would be about $343,880, while expenses would total approximately $598,381 per year.

The community center will be the subject of an $8 million seismic and ADA improvement project in the future. Until this project is completed, the center’s auditorium and dining hall are closed, further affecting revenue.

City staff also recommended that a strategic plan working group be formed to create the centre’s strategic plan.

The strategic plan will include the city’s vision and mission for the center, goals and strategic objectives.

The city council approved the expenditure of $100,000 from the general fund to pay for a consultant working on the plan and other expenses.

The organization’s lease for the Goleta Valley Community Center was originally set to end on June 30, but council members and community members who spoke during public comments agreed that the town needs more time to create a strategic plan.

“What (the Goleta Valley Community Center organization) wants to do is work with the town to provide a service to the community,” GVCC Treasurer John Profant said in a public comment. “What we don’t understand is what the city’s vision is for the community center.”

Council members agreed that the city needed to define its vision for the center and decided to push back the date for taking over management to January 1, 2023, but keep the same timeline for strategic planning and construction projects.

“There’s a lot of new energy that I’ve felt (at the community center) lately,” councilman James Kyriaco said. “The community really wants a revitalized, invigorated and rehabilitated community center.”

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