SAUNEMIN -- Saunemin finally has a suitable facility for kids and adults to exercise.
The Fitness Center, attached to the elementary school at 39 Main St, has a number of cardiovascular and weight machines and an open gym. It opened last week.
Students formerly had to walk across the street to a building that used to be part of a 1930s-era high school. Superintendent Julie Schmitt said the building had water problems and structural and mobility issues. "That building has served the district for a lot of years ... and the board has talked about the possibility of selling it," she said. "We will definitely entertain any serious offers, and to tear it down will cost quite a bit due to asbestos."
The village paid for part of the $1.42 million fitness center, with the remaining two-thirds paid by the school through general obligation bonds. No property tax rates were increased in order to pay for the center.
"It sure is a welcome addition for our village for the services that it provides to the village and to the school," said Mayor Bob Bradford.
Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Monthly fees are $20 and $25 for individual residents and families; and $25 and $30 for nonresident individuals and families.
(Source: The Pantagraph, by Tony Sapochetti, 12/13/09)