Group discusses future of Armory building
Supporters of a Craig Boys and Girls Club are working hard to give students after school activities.
While funding for the program might not be available until the spring, proponents of the plan can’t imagine leaving the former Shiloh Home Youth Care Center without an immediate purpose.
“We’re saying, ‘Hey, let’s look at getting the maximum utilization out of this place to do the most good,'” said Pres Askew, a member of the Boys and Girls Club steering committee. “We want to try to see this used as much as possible for the community.”
Some suggestions for uses of the Armory building include hosting classes from Colorado Northwest Community College, a shooting program and 4-H classes. Horizons Specialized Services is interested in providing activities for clients in the space.
Askew and Laura Tyler, who oversees the shooting program, approached county commissioners Monday to relay their ideas for the vacated building and asked county staff to look into the legality of changing the building’s use.
The building is owned by the state and leased to the county for a $1 a year.
City Attorney Kathleen Taylor said she would investigate the matter and draft a contract within the next week.
County commissioners said they are pleased with the potential plans. They were concerned mostly with having to pay for utilities on an unused building.
“We opened that door to almost anybody working with youth,” Commissioner Les Hampton said.
“I think it’s a really good idea, something that will benefit the community,” echoed Commissioner Darryl Steele.
Askew said the Boys and Girls Club will assume costs once it’s up and running but wanted to nail down the costs of insurance, maintenance and utilities.
“If the county cannot continue to cover the cost between now and next spring, then one obvious solution would be to charge groups for using the building,” he said in a letter. “However this will reduce the amount of usage if the costs are too high.”
Until the Boys and Girls Club is officially running, steering club members want to offer trial run day camps on teacher in-service days, “when there’s no school but parents have to work anyway,” Askew said.
There are approximately six to eight teacher in-service days between now and the spring, he said.
Starting a Boys and Girls Club program is expected to cost $100,000 to $150,000 but those in touch with the head organization, said that money is available.
Moffat County’s Shiloh Home closed Aug. 25 because of a lack of funding related to taking in too few clients. The all-male juvenile facility replaced the Moffat County Youth Care Center that closed in 1999. At the time of its closure, the Youth Care Center housed only one resident.
County commissioners have said they didn’t want to replace the Shiloh Home with another youth care center because of the “drain” on county dollars.
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