Boys and Girls Club seeks space from Byron City Council

BYRON — The Byron City Council listened Monday as officials from the Boys and Girls Club of Georgia Heartlands made pleas for more space and playground equipment.

Last year, the city donated the old elementary school next to the city’s new municipal complex after the organization outgrew its allotted space in the Byron Elementary School. The local unit uses three classrooms out of its new facility.

However, as temperatures are about to rise and children yearn to venture outside, the Byron unit’s director Anna Taylor said it’s time to expand as her summer camp is expected to bring in 140 to 160 children.

“We want to make sure our first summer camp in this new building is a good one,” Taylor told the City Council

Paul Dominguez, chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Georgia Heartlands, said Byron accounts for 43 percent of the program’s children. “We’re looking for help and exta space to cut down on the number of children in one room,” Dominguez said, adding that 140 children in three rooms is cramped and becomes hot in the summer.

Mayor Larry Collins told those present that the City Council would continue to be receptive to the needs of the organization through its liaison, City Councilman Jeff Ervin.

In other actions, the City Council approved placing a three-way stop sign at the intersection of Dogwood and Pine Ridge drives. City Councilman Farrell Bass proposed the idea after receiving complaints from residents along Pine Ridge Drive about more cars and speeders cutting through their neighborhood.

Additionally, the City Council voted to move its location for advanced voting and polling place from city hall to the conference center in the Byron Municipal Complex, beginning with this year’s November election.

To contact writer Natasha Smith, call 923-3109, extension 236.