City manager recommends rejecting contract with HealthFitness
(This is an update to this story, adding the fact the city manager has called for the council to reject the HealthFitness contract.)
Sherwood City Manager Joe Gall is recommending that the city not partner with HealthFitness, the Minnesota-based company vying to become the city's new operator to run its recreational facility.
The Sherwood City Council will hold a special meeting tonight to discuss the proposed contract with HealthFitness to operate the city's recreation center.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Sherwood City Hall.
"While this evaluation of the proposed contract is multi-dimensional, it does essentially come down to a singular important question — is this contract with HealthFitness in the best interest of the City of Sherwood?" Gall wrote in a staff report. "As the City Manager for the City of Sherwood, my response to this question is that the proposed contract is not in the best interest of the City of Sherwood."
Among the concerns are the company's projection of membership growth.
"I have serious concerns about their abilities to achieve the projected 5 percent annual growth rate in membership over the initial five-year period," Gall added in the staff report.
Gall said he's worried, too, about likely attrition from current YMCA members who are so strong in their support of the current recreational providers that they would drop their memberships, hurting the city's bottom line.
"That's really no fault of HealthFitness," he pointed out Tuesday.
Finally, he said any losses that occur in the first year of services provided by HealthFitness would have to be covered by the city.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Sherwood City Hall. Because it's a special meeting, no public comment is expected to be taken, Gall noted.
The meeting also will be televised via the city's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofSherwood or on the public access channels on Comcast Channel 23 and Frontier Channel 24.
Although accepting or rejecting a contract with HealthFitness was originally scheduled for Oct. 3, Mayor Krisanna Clark-Endicott pressed for the special meeting Monday.
"This issue has become increasingly divisive within our community and the Unity Project this weekend reminded me that coming together amidst our differences makes us stronger as a community," she wrote as part of a news release announcing the meeting.