Fisher sets 2nd meeting on plan for shared fitness center
FISHER — A committee of village, school and community representatives will meet again at 5:30 p.m. April 24 in the high school library to further discuss opening and running a joint school/community fitness center.
Village Trustee Deb Estes is concerned about the cost of providing supervision when the center is open to the public. Tentative hours for the community will be 5 to 7 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. and maybe some weekend hours.
Illinois school code requires the site be supervised at all times since it is in a school building. Estes noted that the village will approve a budget for the new fiscal year next week and money to pay an additional employee has not been included.
"I don't know how we're going to swing this," Estes said. "After voting to spend half a million dollars on this, I don't know how to tell taxpayers 'We can't afford to let you in.'"
The village board had anticipated that citizens would be able to gain access to the building with a swipe card like many fitness club members do. They only recently learned that legally the site must be supervised.
Fisher schools Superintendent Barb Thompson said she and others in the school district have been in discussion with school staff in El Paso who have a similar site on their campus. The town of El Paso already had an employee on the payroll who was able to take on the additional duties of supervising the fitness center. The village of Fisher doesn't have that luxury.
Thompson said she learned just that day that a similar site in St. Anne is supervised by volunteers.