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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Y seeking ownership of Y Men’s Pavilion

  • Because of its name - Y Men’s Pavilion - most people assume the property at 409 Front St. is owned by the YMCA. In fact, however, it is owned by the city of Hannibal. But that could be changing.
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  • Because of its name - Y Men’s Pavilion - most people assume the property at 409 Front St. is owned by the YMCA. In fact, however, it is owned by the city of Hannibal. But that could be changing.
    Members of the Y Men’s Club turned out Tuesday night to request the city “sell” the site back to the YMCA of Hannibal.
    This was not the first time such a proposal has come before the Council. At its June 4 meeting, the Council tabled the possible sale of the site to the Y Men’s Club. On Tuesday night, at the request of Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Knickerbocker, the matter was again tabled until the YMCA can submit a formal request which will be taken up by the Council in closed session. State open-meeting regulations allow real estate matters to be discussed behind closed doors.
    During Tuesday’s meeting, John Ryan proposed the property be sold by the city for $1 more than it initially paid the Y for the property. In fact, the site was donated by the Y to the city. Ryan added that a long-term lease would also be acceptable.
    Ryan noted that even though owned by the city, the Y has contributed approximately $135,000 for improvements at the pavilion since it was built in 1993.
    Ryan’s request in behalf of the Y already has support at city hall. In May, the Park Board expressed its support for giving the site, which includes the mud volleyball pits, to the Y Men’s Club.
    At the Council’s June 4 meeting, Andy Dorian, director of the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department, ran down a list of reasons why the Parks Department supported turning the property over to the Y Men’s Club. They included:
    • The Parks Department rarely hosts or sponsors any events at the pavilion and never uses the mud volleyball pits.
    • A new large shelter with electricity is slated to be constructed this fall by the city in Kiwanis Park.
    • The Y Men’s Pavilion is rarely rented out by the Parks Department.
    • Upkeep at the Y Men’s Pavilion is an ongoing issue.
    • Turning over ownership would allow the Y Men’s Club to make improvements at the site without securing city approval.
    In 1992 the City Council authorized the mayor to sign a 10-year lease with the Y Men’s Club for the development and building of restrooms, a pavilion and for maintaining of the property.
    A new agreement with the Y Men’s Club regarding the site was signed in 2008.
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