The re-opening of Richmond’s Teen Center, located at the Betty Miller Center on Irvine Street, could be a wish come true to many community volunteers, including Betty Miller herself, Sandra Anez-Powell and Edna Igo.

The three approached the Richmond City Commission on Tuesday requesting the continuation of funding to help re-open and establish the programming that was included in the after-school program previously conducted at the center.

The facility used to be the home of the Richmond branch of the Boys and Girls Club of America, which served the city’s youth and teenagers for about six years.

It was closed in October 2006 because of revenue constraints.

The Richmond City Commission agreed at a November 2006 meeting to use parks and recreation funds to pay for the three personnel to facilitate the programs at the center. It re-opened Jan. 2.

The facility was operating smoothly, but things eventually fell apart once more.

The center’s director, Larry Ebert, received employment elsewhere. His staff consisted only of himself and two others, one who simply stopped reporting to work and the other is going back to school.

Powell, Igo and Miller are willing to spearhead the initiative and asked the commission to take part in funding for the next three years.

“We need to put our money in prevention,” said Powell, who is a representative of Kentucky River Foothills Community Action Partnership and the Richmond Human Rights Commission. “We feel that our priorities should be put in the right place.”

The center’s new operation would call for three full-time employees and two part-time employees, Powell said.

“We have volunteers who are willing to come in and do the programming,” Igo said. “We want to continue some recreational activities as far as keeping the children busy after school and throughout the year.”

The commission did not make a decision Tuesday about helping fund the program. The proposal must be prepared as an order and passed by the commission before the city can designate money for it.

In other business:

• The commission passed the final reading of an ordinance that declares the admission prices for the aquatic center being built at Lake Reba Recreational Complex.

Daily admission for adults 18 and older will be $6, $4 for youths 12 to 17 and seniors 60 years or older, $3 for children 6 to 12 and those 6 years old or younger will be admitted for free.

• Pre-season (before April 1) family passes will be $150, adult individual passes will be $75, youths 12 to 17 and seniors 60 years and older will be $55.

Those prices will be $175, $90, $80 and $70, respectively, if purchased during the swim season.

• Property at 2336 Lexington Road, owned by the Lexington Church of God, will be annexed into city limits.

• Those who violate the city’s noise disturbance ordinance will first receive a warning and then a monetary penalty if needed. The original ordinance establishing the noise disturbance criteria was amended to include criminal penalties, as well as civil penalties.

Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock said police officers usually issue a warning on their first visit to a noise disturbance. If those given the warning do not comply with the city’s regulations, they would be charged with a misdemeanor offense and a fine not to exceed $500.

• The commission will purchase 10 acres of land for $350,000 from Leake Realty. The land is adjacent to the city’s industrial park.

• An agreement was made between the commission and Cumberland Valley National Bank for financing road construction and property acquisition in the industrial park and construction of a fire station on the Robert R. Martin Bypass.

• The street extending from the end of Cycle Drive past the Hospice Care Plus Inpatient Facility will be named Isaacs Lane in honor of Jewell Isaacs, who has helped provide land for the Hospice Care Plus facility and a new domestic violence shelter for women.

• Halloween trick-or-treat activities in the city and county will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, and is for children 12 and younger.

• Derrick Miller resigned from the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department.

• Jason Spaulding was hired as a Richmond Police officer.

• Mary Mullins was hired as a telecommunicator.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@richmondregister.com or 623-1669, Ext. 234.

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